West Side Italian 11/21/2011
Pappardella Restorante is one of the best Italian Restuarants on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. This comfortable restaurant is popular with ""the locals and the tourists alike"" for simple pleasures like tasty pastas, fish and meat dishes with friendly, efficient and excellent service at ""reasonable prices."" If you prefer to sit outside, there is a wonderful outdoor seating area available.
Dishes at Pappardella are well prepared and served with an amiable touch. The soft lighting sets the tone at this longtime UWS Italian restaurant where the cooking is on par with the ""courteous"" service.
The bar has a wide selection of mixed drinks and wines by the glass or bottle. Some of the delicious appetizers I have enjoyed at Pappardella have been Fresh Antipasto Platters, Mozzarella Caprese, (Fresh Mozzarella, Vine Ripe Tomato, Basil and Balsamic Reduction) a great Caesar Salad, a nice selection of gourmet Pizzas as well as a great Cheese Selection. Entrees include the Ravioli D'astice (Fantastic Lobster Ravioli), the Pappardlla Buttera (Pasta with Sweet and Spicy Sauage in a Vodka Sauce), the Spaghetti Polpette (Pasta with Meatballs in a spicy tomato Sauce), Filetto de Salmone Raspighi (Seared Filet of Wild King Salmon, Vitello al Parmigiano (Veal Cutlet), Pollo Milanese (crispy free range Chicken Cutlet), Agnello alla Griglia (grilled Rack of Lamb) and the Bistecca de Manzo (grilled and aged New York Strip Steak). For desert I often indulge with an assortment of Gelato flavors, the Tiramisu della Casa which they pride themselves on having the ""Best in New York,"" Formaggio (artisan Cheeses) and their Torta de Cioccolato (warm flour-less Chocolate Cake).
Pappardella is among the best near Lincoln Center and Central Park. This homey restaurant offers rustic Italian cooking and superb service. I always ask about their fantastic specials of the day. Wine paring is listed on the daily specials menu for you to consider. Gluten free pasta is also available.
Pappardella has a spectacular ""Picnic Basket"" for two which contains all that you could ask for: Appetizers, Entres, Deserts, Beverages and a Table Cloth all for a great price. And it's healthy too! I take this to Central Park for the concerts and just for fun with a bottle or two of their fine Wine. This ""Picnic Basket"" food is so good that I sometimes have it delivered to my home for lunch. They have free delivery.
I call Pappardella when planning a special event. The Management / Matre d' gives you individual attention and help for catering to your needs for a successful party what ever the size.
Pappardella offers unique Italian dishes and delights their customers with friendly and efficient service from a dedicated, passionate team. Just have to tell you that they always take the time to go that extra mile for you.
Dr. Robert D. Madison