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Midtown Restaurant: Insieme for Inspiring Italian Cuisine

At Insieme, a spare unadorned midtown Italian eatery that’s helmed by two former chefs from Hearth, we were treated to the kind of first-rate meal that’s really tough to find in the tourist-clogged theater district.

My one regret was that in order to make an 8 p.m. curtain, we had to rush through our meal. Another minor annoyance was the menu. It’s divided into a traditional side and one devoted to contemporary takes on Italian dishes. After a long day at work, I’m too tired to navigate between two competing culinary offerings, so I’d welcome a single list of choices.

But once we ordered and the food arrived, we were almost giddy with delight.

An appetizer of Fritto misto ala Lucchese—a plate of gently fried calves liver, sweetbreads, veal cutlet, veal tongue and cauliflower—was rich and satisfying, but still allowed room for what was to come.

That was a good thing because we were then presented with a sumptuous lasagna verde ala Bolognese, spinach pasta with béchamel and meat ragout. My Lesso Misto, a play on the Italian boiled meat classic, Bollito Misto, was the perfect earthy dish for a freezing cold night. Served with condiments consisting of salsa verde, horseradish cream, and tangy mustard fruits, the boiled meats—including beef and tongue—were flavorful and tender and the savoy cabbage, prosciutto and sage added pungency and texture.

A velvety chocolate tart was the perfect finish to the meal. A nice selection of wines is offered in sips or half-glasses.

Prices for entrees average in the $30.00 range.

Insieme
777 Seventh Ave.
New York, NY
212 582 1310

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