By Faith Rein
Remember when we could sit at a table casually sipping a lovely glass of wine? Beautiful people watching with the doors and windows open exposed to the quiet spot in a bustling city.
This will be a way of life once more, soon, is what we all need to believe. We're almost there.
Via Vai in Astoria has the most amazing if not the best burrata I’ve ever had. I was lucky enough to have one of those lovely spring evenings enjoying the offerings of Via Vai a few years ago.
Thoughts of an easy calm summer’s evening in maybe Tuscany or any place taking you away from all the stress of life.
On this day I picked up my delivery I met with the owner of Via Vai, Antonio Morichini. He was smiling and waiting for me. An empty restaurant. Chairs on the table at 6:00 PM a sad sight and not the norm. Pandemic times.
Piles of plates, full bottles of wine, and glistening clean wine glasses sit alone.
Craving a Be our Guest rendition where candlesticks sing a welcoming song and come to life.
Our meal was calamari, crispy and perfectly soft in the middle. This is not an easy starter to serve as delivery. Always best right out of the fryer. These were perfect even after the short travel.
MAIALE Pork filet tenderloin prosciutto & sage saltimbocca, with truffle mashed potatoes & grilled asparagus
A side of meatballs.
When I eat French I always order chicken. Chicken is my measure of a great French Bistro.
Meatballs are the test for every Italian.
These were perfect. Moist, flavorful sitting in a marina that did not compete but enhance this meatball experience.
Tagollini that I’m sure when served immediately would have knocked my socks off. Even a slight warm-up at home it was still delicious.
The finale to this amazing meal was the pannacotta.
Now pannacotta will be my order choice for the future.
A drizzle of caramel sauce. Forget the Tiramasu get the pannacotta.
What I take from this evening of better take out than the average pizza, which is never average, not in NY.
We have the best restaurants in the country.
During this period I plan of supporting these Dining in from my choices of Dining out.
A special dinner from these talented individuals will help us all remember we still are in a great city and we all can help each other.
Things have changed, we can’t lose the things we have always enjoyed and will again. Adjust, be flexible, be safe and patient.
Call your favorites and put them at the top of the list.