Mangia To Go
This authentic Italian take-out spot offers up way more than chicken parm
Italian takeout is a staple for so many of us on those don’t-feel-like-cooking nights. When you’re in the mood for more creative dishes from around The Boot and specialties you’d normally only find in Umbria, stop into Eatalian Style, where chef Andrea Tiberi and his staff prepare fresh and unexpected entrées, salads and desserts. On a recent afternoon at this new 26-seat café and catering shop, you could hear Tiberi chatting in his native tongue with a customer who’s also from Italy. Tiberi, who grew up in the central Italian hill town of Assisi, also runs Il Cantico restaurant in Rome (he connects with his chefs by Skype), and he’s about to publish a book called Simply Italian.
Here at Eatalian Style, he aims to introduce people to foods they’ve never tried. “Americans typically know about 10 percent of Italian food,” he says, noting that there are 900 different cuts of pasta, but we are usually familiar with around twenty. He and his staff make fresh raviolis and pastas every day and their own mozzarella (whipped up twice a day)—“we make it exactly how you would make it in Italy,” he says. (Even the flour is sourced from the old country.) Less common treats include the Venere black rice salad and a sweet pasta dish with hazelnut, cocoa powder, apple and bread crumbs (yes, pasta for dessert!). Gluten-free options are available, such as risotto with zucchini and shrimp, quiche with goat cheese, and asparagus and made-to-order dishes.
Tiberi’s business here started as word-of-mouth catering and he still plans many meals for business lunches, parties and family gatherings. The new dinner delivery menu (aka 5 Minute Meals) offers appetizers, entrées, sides and dessert for $29 per adult and $9 per child. If you grab lunch or dinner from the shop, you can fuel up with fine Italian coffee and stock up on olive oils and balsamic vinegars from Monte Vibiano.
342 Greenwich Ave., 203-717-1212; eatinstyle.net