Pappardelle with wine-braised short rib ragú

What I love about cold weather in December is not just that it encourages us to eat hearty comfort foods but that we’re able to do so without pretense. Come February, eating a giant bowl of pasta feels like both an obligation and a failure to live out your New Year’s Resolutions. But in December…

Bucatini amatriciana

Despite my better judgement, I’ve decided to come back from vacation. It was a tough decision, let me tell you. But after subsisting on pastries, french fries and a steady stream of wine for 10 days, it seemed prudent to return to my New York routine of kale and meals in bowls. …That and also…

Negronis with a side of pasta

When I heard there was a restaurant serving negronis on tap I got there as fast as I could. The fact that Dante is owned by Australians* and serves up gorgeous bowls of pasta is merely a cherry on the sundae of a truly fantastic dining experience. And they don’t  just serve negronis – they really commit…

Sundays at Marta

My mother, a wise woman, believes that pizza and champagne are a perfect combination. I can’t say I disagree. It’s more than just the delightful sensation of breaking the rules by combining something highbrow with something lowbrow. No, what we’re dealing with here is a complementary palette of flavors. Pizza is decidedly heavy–salty cheese, rich tomato sauce,…

Weekly Roundup: 18 hours in culinary heaven

I’m a big planner. It’s the only way to be if you live in a city where reservations at popular restaurants have to be made weeks in advance, and a trip to Trader Joe’s means waiting outside in the snow to get in. So a few weeks ago, I planned my way into a reservation at Rubirosa, New…