The December issue of Food & Wine has a long piece on the changes that are afoot at Torrisi Italian Specialties. Now that Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi have moved all the sandwich-making to their next door spinoff Parm, they're getting ready to launch an all-new menu that's largely inspired by New York's vast culinary history.
To develop the new dishes, the chefs combed through old menus in the Brooke Russell Astor Reading Room of the New York Public Library, and referred to books like William Grimes's Appetite City. A few of the new items include:
· A knish and fish roe dish inspired by '20s caviar serviceThey're already taking reservations for this new chef's tasting menu, which is $125-a-head, and will debut on December 1. The old-school Italian-American menu will still be available for $60 on a first-come, first-serve basis.
· Cashew chicken "oysters," inspired by Chinese takeout
· A lamb chop glazed with Manischewitz, inspired by the L.E.S.
· An homage to Jay-Z called "Oysters Rockafella," which is a plate of oysters in a Champagne foam
· Torrisi Italian Specialties' New York State of Mind [F & W]
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