The first time I saw the chef Scott Conant was on Anthony Bourdain’s show, No Reservation. At that time he was demonstrating how to make a good tomato sauce for pasta. I know some of you might say that, “oh c’mon, everyone can make tomato sauce, that’s easy,” maybe you’re right, but I believe that behind simplicity requires a great amount of skill and experience. This curiosity brought me to Scarpetta.


I dined with my 4 other friends. I didn’t manage to taste all the dishes that my friends had, but I’ll try my best to review the dishes.


Creamy Polenta: fricassee of truffled mushroom

The polenta was creamy, full of flavor, rich, but not too heavy. The fricassee of truffled mushroom, I just can’t get enough of this.

 Olive Oil Braised Octopus: Charred Ramps, Rice Beans, Mantecato.

This is my friend’s appetizer, both of us agree that the octopus was so tender, but it was far too tender until it was slightly mushy, but other than that, it’s tasty.

 Black Tagliolini: Seafood Ragout and Basil Breadcrumbs

 Veal with Bone marrow sauce

The veal was cooked to perfection, and the bone marrow accompanied really well.

 Wild Striped Bass: Tuscan Kale, Salsify, Mussel.

 Branzino: Cauliflower, Braised Capers, Bottarga

 I didn’t manage to really dig in into all the fish dishes. But the fish was fantastic. I prefer the Wild Striped Bass, it was really good!

Coconut Panna Cotta, Guava Sauce, Caramelized Pinaple

This dessert was mind blowing for me. Every single thing on this plate was brilliant. The guava sauce and the Panna Cotta underneath were great combination, very refreshing dessert.

Amedei Chocolate Cake, Caramel Gelato, Chocolate Butterscotch

This….was….heaven on the plate! Take a small spoon of the cake, dip it into the sauce, take a small spoon of the ice cream, that’s it, you’re ready to die.

I’m regretting now for not ordering the Spaghetti with tomato sauce, I didn’t dare myself to order a $24 for a simple bowl of pasta with tomato sauce. But I believe that it’ll worth every penny. There are lots of things I want to try in this restaurant, maybe next time. Finger Crossed!


Scarpetta NYC


355 West 14th Street New York, NY 10014

Phone: 212.691.0555

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  1. I agree with you, Scarpetta is a nice Italian restaurant by Italian dining standards in the US. Whenever I go to NY, I always ensure to drop by

    • I would love to come back there when I have a chance to visit New York again! have you tried their famous spaghetti with tomato sauce? How good is it?


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