Photos: Sicily Osteria
The motto at Sicily Osteria is “Si Mangia Bene, Si Paga Poco,” which in English translates into “eat well, but spend a little.” That is the driving force behind this rustic Italian spot from two brothers, Enrico and Robert Malta, of the New York City Restaurant Group which includes Bocca di Bacco, Arte Cafe, and Puttanesca. At Sicily Osteria, the brothers are going back to their roots.
To do so, they have tapped two Co-Executive Chefs to lead the kitchen - Asi Maman, formerly of Marea, Osteria Morini, and M. Wells, and Heather Pelletier, formerly of Osteria Morini, Vaucluse, and Chumley’s – where they are putting a modern take on Sicilian classics.
Start with street snacks like chickpea fritters, called Pannelle, with lemon and fresh herbs, and Arancino, rice balls made with saffron rice, nduja, mozzarella and peas. Antipasti brings Ricotta al Forno with honey, pepperoncino, and Sicilian oregano, along with Fritto Misto, fried shrimp, calamari, and bianchetti with aioli.
There are pizzas served thin crust or Sicilian style for the table to share. Pasta dishes include house-made Pacchieri alla Norma with eggplant, tomato and ricotta salata; Busiate alla Trapanese with roasted tomato & almond pesto, basil and pecorino; and Linguine Nere with clams, artichoke, and mint. Secondi bring Parmigiana di Melanzane made with whole eggplant, mozzarella, and tomato; Branzino, whole grilled sea bass with English pea salmoriglio; and Bistecca, a 14 oz. prime ribeye with grilled spring onions, mushrooms and roasted garlic.
Desserts include Italian favorites like Cannoli with house made shell filled with sweet ricotta, amarena cherry, and chocolate; and Crispelle, a flaky fried dough with orange, honey, and olive oil gelato.
Sicily Osteria is located on Manhattan’s famed Restaurant Row, a perfect spot for locals and theatergoers alike, offering rustic Italian charm with exposed brick, vintage green walls, custom tiled floors and bistro-style seating. There is also an enclosed outdoor patio garden and atrium, along with dining street-side perfect for people watching.
Sicily Osteria is located at 330 W 46th St, New York, NY
For more information, visit sicilynyc.com