The older I get, the more I realize I really don’t know what I’m doing. I like to pretend I do, but I know I have a lot to learn. Listening to our elders is probably one of the best things us millennials can do for ourselves.
But when my aunt recently told me not to go to Little Italy for good Italian food, I didn’t listen. And I’ll be first to admit that was dumb on my part, especially considering her exquisite taste in food and the fact she has lived in Manhattan longer than I’ve been alive.
On my quest for Italian food, I found myself in Little Italy at Paesano of Mulberry Street.
The restaurant is enchanting with it’s Christmas lights, wooden panels, vibrant plants and candle-lite tables. Our waiter, however, was not so enchanting.
There aren’t any descriptions for the food on the menu, and not everything is a typical Italian dish. I noticed a dish titled Chicken a la Joey, so I asked our waiter what it entailed. He seemed annoyed, but how am I suppose to know who Joey is and what kind of chicken he likes?
To be honest, I think he was mostly annoyed at the fact one of the waiters outside told me he’d waive the $10 corkage fee for me because I wasn’t informed about it when I called to ask about their BYOB policy. It’s understandable why he was annoyed, but taking it out on the customer isn’t helpful.
My disgruntled waiter described the Chicken a la Joey as chicken with spinach, pancetta and mushrooms rolled in it. He also said it came in a marsala sauce with linguine pasta, but he didn’t mention the chicken was breaded and fried. Had I known this, I wouldn’t have ordered it. There also weren’t any mushrooms in my dish, and I found the pancetta was cut way too thick. This made it overly chunky while eating.
My aunt was right when she said Little Italy is over-commercialized and you can find better Italian food elsewhere in the city. I should have listened to her, but sometimes we have to make mistakes to learn our lesson.
Address: 136 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013
Phone number: 212-965-1188
Price: $$ Expensive.
Hours: Sun-Thur 11:30 AM-11:30 PM; Fri-Sat 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Service: Our service was rude when we asked for help.
Atmosphere: Cute, charming and romantic.