Photos: Ramerino Italian Prime
Located just steps away from the New York Public Library and Bryant Park, restaurateur Sammy V. Gashi (Antica Ristorante, San Marino’s SoHo) is launching a new concept called Ramerino Italian Prime, his take on rural Tuscan cooking. All of the dishes are prepared simply, using olive oil rather than butter, with prime meats and fish, vegetables, and house made pastas.
Sammy V. Gashi
To bring the concept to life, Gashi has enlisted Tuscan Native, Executive Chef Vilfredo Hodai, who gained his culinary chops working his way through restaurants in Florence, Italy including La Giostra, before arriving in New York.
The meal begins with fresh bread accompanied by Soppressata and 36-month aged Parmigiano-Reggiano, compliments of the chef. Antipasti includes things like Carciofi e Avocado, artichoke hearts tossed with avocado and topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano; Cavolfiore Gratinati, cauliflower in creamy bechamel sauce with aged Parmigiano-Reggiano; and Tartar di Fileto, beef filet tartare over cream of burrata.
Fresh pastas range from Bottarga, linguine, topped with shaved bottarga di muggile, shallots, and parsley; Ravioli Della Casa, homemade spinach and ricotta stuffed ravioli topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano; Carbonara, spaghetti with organic egg, speck, asparagus, and 24- month age Parmigiano-Reggiano; and Risotto, carnaroli rice with asparagus, zucchini and zafferano.
Main Courses are divided amongst Land and Sea. The Land showcases Manzo, a sliced ribeye steak cooked in olive oil and the restaurant’s namesake rosemary rather than butter; Fileto al Barolo, a filet mignon cooked in a red wine reduction; and Pollo Castelle, chicken breast with baby artichokes, capers, mushrooms, white wine, and lemon. From The Sea comes Dover Sole and Branzino prepared tableside as well as Cartoccio alla Isolana, a baked branzino filet wrapped in parchment paper with cherry tomatoes, olive oil, lemon sauce, and extra virgin oil.
Desserts include Ricotta Cheese Cake with fresh berries, Il Nostra Tiramisu, and a traditional Panna Cotta. The wine list focuses on Italy and California, including Super Tuscan varieties. Classic cocktails like Martinis, Manhattans, and Old Fashioneds are also offered.
Ramerino Italian Prime is located at 16 East 39th Street, New York, NY (646) 880-7885
For more information, visit https://ramerinoprime.com