Shopkeepers Secrets #8: Emporio

Meet Paul, Sous Chef at Emporio on our Nolita/ Noho Tour!

MUST EAT ITEM: Paul confesses he is “boring” when choosing what to eat before Emporio gets busy with the dinner crowd. He could eat pasta every day and his favorite is the Pappardelle Ragu, hand cut spinach pasta with traditional Bolognese “sugo” (aka sauce). The secret is the meat! Beef, veal and the end of the prosciutto instead of the commonly used parmigiano reggiano rind for flavor. And I gotta tell you, it is NOT boring!

Emporio is known for their Roman style pizzas, which you can try on our Nolita/ Noho Tour. Paul is partial to the classic Margarita and says it definitely stacks up to the pizza he tried on his trip to Italy.

WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW: You can experience Emporio on many levels; happy hour is from 5:00 to 6:30 where you can enjoy $5 house wine and complimentary slices of pizza, olives and polenta bites.

Then head to the romantic back dining room with the giant skylight and enjoy the daily specials, which is where the chef and his staff get to experiment and have fun. I took Paul’s recommendation and tried the wild striped bass with pureed leeks, Brussels sprouts and Umbrian lentils, which was absolutely gorgeous!

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