Mulino a Vino
337 West 14th Street, Meatpacking District
Michelin-starred Italian chef Davide Scabin has carved out an underground lair in the Meat Packing district beneath an unassuming apartment building, where his wine-focused restaurant Mulino a Vino opens tonight. Here, the wine comes first. Diners select their bottle or glass from a list of 50 options divided into nine categories like white-light, red-medium, and red-full, before they see the dinner menu. Servers then act as sort of demi-sommeliers helping pair up complementary flavors.
Scabin, who runs Combal.Zero in Rivoli, Italy, is known for his scientific approach to food. While the menu here isn't quite as inventive, Scabin still shows his hand in out-there dishes like a salty and spicy cacio e pepe bombolone and a risotto prepared with carnaroli rice, shrimp bisque, seared red shrimp, and a "scent of lemon." He's also bringing a few of his scientifically engineered sauces over from Italy, which for unclear reasons are described as "secret squeezed" on the menu. Other dishes range from a classic pasta bolognese to a peanut butter and jelly "Tribute to Manhattan" cheesecake. And everything pulled from Combal.Zero is carefully noted to the side.
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