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Upper East Side Eatery Charms New Yorkers, Where Patrons Come Back To Eat And Say HI Even After They Move From The Neighborhood.
Restaurant Celebrates Grandmother's Twists on Her Country's Home-style Italian Fare
NEW YORK- Some people keep their grandmother's memory alive in their hearts. But Marcelo Ronchini also recalls his Italian-Argentine ancestor's spirit in every drop of sauce and dollop of dough that is lovingly prepared in his Upper East Side pizzeria and restaurant.
Affectionately named Nina's Argentinian Pizzeria Restaurant (1750 Second Avenue, between 91st and 92nd Streets, 212-426-4627), the home-style Italian eatery enchants. Exposed brick, sunny-hued walls, cherry-stained tables and chairs, pastel floor-tile mosaics-all add to the warm, cozy feel in this slice of a neighborhood haunt, located near where Mr. Ronchini's grandmother immigrated.
Buenos Aires Pizzeria? You Bet! Many wonder: What-perhaps some native ingredient-makes Nina's pizza Argentinian? But the question, while understandable, misses the point, according to Marcelo."Nina's pizza and other dishes are simply the kind of Italian food you'll find all over Argentina" he says. "The country has a significant Italian-immigrant population and very good pizzerias are abundant."
Secret Recipes You'll love the fresh, savory, old-fashioned taste in every bite of what's on the menu. The restaurant's fare is inspired from basic recipes Marcelo's grandmother Nina adapted to suit her tastes. In Buenos Aires, Nina attended a cooking school to sharpen her skills for the meals she was preparing at home. Nina was soon creating inventive twists on pizza and other items, but had to re-adapt everything- finding the right flour, cheeses and spices-once she came to the United States in 1978. The culinary accents that Nina added over years are a secret at her namesake eatery.
Good Eats, Pizza Galore Nina's menu-a melting pot of flavors and styles, peppered with beloved South American delicacies:
* Appetizers such as Empanadas (filled with meat, spinach, goat cheese or corn) and Provoleta;
* Classics like Nina's Cannelloni (crepe filled with spinach & ricotta topped with bolognese & béchamel sauce), Bife de Chorizo (NY strip steak) and Milanesa (breaded veal cutlet);
* An array of Pizzas- from "Bochinche" (prosciutto & arugula); "Milonga" (pesto & goat cheese); "Fuggazetta" (sautéed onions with cheese) and "Con Chorizo" (with Argentinian sausage)
* Desserts such as Panqueques de Dulce de Leche (crepes filled with caramel sauce), Flan (with dulce de leche) and gelatos from Ciao Bella.
To enjoy with your meal, choose from a select list of imported fine wines and beers from Argentina.
Monthly "Lucky Gnocchi" Special A very popular evening, practiced traditionally in Argentina, every 29th of the month, those who order the restaurant's potato gnocchi receive a dollar under their plate to ensure the patron's prosperity!
Sunday Brunch Enjoy old fashioned challah french toast, eggs benedic
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1750 2nd Ave, 10128
(212) 426-4627
(212) 426-5754
$12.01 - $18
Mon, Wed-Fri: 5pm-11pm,Sat-Sun: 11:30am-11pm

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