2 Lexington Ave. New York, NY 10010 • maialinonyc.com
The bread alone is worth 3 knives. In fact, you have to be very disciplined not to scarf down so much that you can’t enjoy the rest of the menu.
That said, if you manage to exercise some restraint and make it to the menu, the antipasti options we had were all good. The fried artichokes being great. The octopus being solid. And the mushrooms being WOW! Fungus never tasted so good.
As for the pastas, we did a little menage-a-sharesy between the suckling pig, carbonara and the amatriciana. The clear winner was the carbonara, follow by the pig. The amatricana was just so-so.
And for dessert, we all split the olive oil cake with mascarpone. Good-ish, but not amazing.
Decor while casual, has its charms and the location can’t be beat. Also, while the decor itself is far from fancy, there is a distinct high-end vibe to the place so it feels special without feeling ostentatious. And the service matches, friendly and very accommodating.
Looking forward to going back.