Italian Bar Food at Gottino

Italian Bar Food at Gottino

Last night Erin and I popped into Gottino for a little bite after a cocktail party in the back bar at Smith’s (worth visiting for their spring cocktails which are spectacular).  Gottino is a cool Italian sliver of a spot in the West Village with a long marble bar and a few little tables tucked into the back.  It’s perfect for those evenings when you just want a taste of something really good to go with your glass of wine, and perfect for those evenings when you just want to catch up with your girl…or guy… over some Italian deliciousness.  Jody Williams, the owner and former chef at Morandi, labels Gottino a “gastroteca,” which means she thinks the food is much better than any normal wine bar.  I have to agree with that. We sampled artichoke crostini, lamb sausage wrapped in thin slices of eggplant and served in a perfect tomato sauce,  brandade, all of which we sopped up the extras with slices of olive-oil drizzled bread and washed down with a lovely Petit Verdot.

cod brandade

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Gottino: 52 Greenwich Ave in the West Village.  Visit website here.



Filed under Eating, Libations, Restaurants

2 responses to “Gottino

  1. mandy

    I dunno, a group of us stopped by for a glass of wine and none of us really liked the food there. It was okay. Nothing jumped out at us where we would want to return again. To top off our brief visit, the bartender quickly picked his nose and didn’t wash his hands after that? A major turn off, the service and ambiance was okay. When I was about to order another glass of wine, my friends asked for the check. I asked why and they said, “Let’s go somewhere else.” I dunno, I’d definitely would stop by there for a drink and that’s it.

    • noriamorales

      Oh, damn, that’s a shame. Maybe it was an off night? I’ve always enjoyed the food there and thank God my bartender didn’t pick his nose or I would have hightailed it out of there. Have you been to Ino on Bedford? That’s a great spot for drinks and the food is awesome, much simpler, just lots of panini, crostini, bruschetta…all really tasty. Great wine list. But it’s smaller than Gottino and a little more rustic.
      Thank you for reading my blog :)

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