A few weeks back, Phil and I were invited to review Girello Pizza (c/o), located on Varick St. in TriBeCa. It's a spin-off of Walkers, and they are typically known for their brick-oven pizza. Reviews suggest a traditional Italian slice with thin, crispy crust and quality toppings, but unfortunately we had none. We were asked whether we'd prefer to order from the menu or have the server suggest their signature dishes. Always a couple to trust the restaurant, we decided to let them surprise us.
We started off with a pre-dinner cocktail: The Aviator. This is a gin-based drink with hints of violet, cherry, and lemon. Not a typical choice for either of us, but we found the beverage to whet our appetites. There was something romantic and classic about the drink with its floral undertones.
Our first bites were of warm, freshly baked bread that was dipped with a rosemary and red pepper infused olive oil, pitted olives, and an antipasti. Very typical of Italian cuisine, and more than a little satisfying. Then we moved on to grilled asparagus covered with white anchovies and capers and panchetta wrapped shrimp. The shrimp was definitely the star of the appetizers. They were perfectly cooked: the shrimp were moist and juicy and were complimented wonderfully with crisp, salty panchetta.
I moved on to grilled branzino with asparagus and rosemary potatoes and Phil indulged in the swordfish in ariabiatta sauce. We both thoroughly enjoyed our fish dinners, which were perfectly portioned after all the appetizers. In fact, one of our favorite things about Girello were the portion sizes: not too big, not too small. Just enough to taste and enjoy a little bit of everything. In our opinions, this is what going out to eat is supposed to be like: tasting new flavors and enjoying conversation.
We finished the night with tiramisu: espresso soaked lady-fingers layered with whipped mascarpone cheese and cocoa powder.
Overall, it's an intimate little restaurant with dim lighting and an old-school feel: the perfect spot for date night. We drank sauvignon blanc and rekindled some romance. After a long week of hard work in the city, it was nice to relax over a delicious meal.