This week there is a special and fairly frequent promotion going on in New York City called "Restaurant Week."
My husband, daughter and I, always try to participate when this promotion is announced, as it gives us a chance to try a new restaurant in Manhattan at a price we know we can afford.
This time we chose I Trulli Restorante/ Enoteca located at 122 East 27 Street, between Park Ave and Lexington Ave, in Manhattan.
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NYC Restaurant Week, New York City’s original celebration of dining, dates back to 1992, when it was developed as a one-time culinary program to welcome the Democratic National Convention (DNC) to the City. Though created with an eye toward delegates and other DNC attendees, the program also found a strong following with residents eager for the chance to eat at some of the City’s top restaurants for a fraction of the usual cost. It was so popular that it became a regular event and has expanded to include both lunch and dinner offerings—three-course, prix-fixe meals for $24.07 and $35 respectively—and extended to two weeks each in the summer and winter.
This summer well over 200 restaurants located in all five boroughs of New York City are participating.
The I Trulli Restaurant is a landmark of fine Italian dining with the cuisine of owner Nicola Marzovilla family's homeland of Apulia, Italy. Apulia is located in the southern Italy and the area which forms "the heel" of Italy's unique boot shape. The restaurant also has an extensive wine list, with an emphasis on Southern Italian wine, hand picked by the owner. Almost all the pastas are handmade by the owners mother, Dora Marzovilla.
We had 5:30 reservations and were actually the first customers to enter the restaurant for the evening. We decided to ask for seats in the back garden area as the night was misty but cool enough to be pleasant.
We had a wonderful dinner! I'm sorry to disappoint, but I didn't take any photos of our meal as my I could see it was going to make my daughter uncomfortable, (Gee, Mom! Do you have to do that? It's so embarrassing!), so you'll have to take my word for it! If you go to the I Trulli website you can see their menu and some photos of their entrees and also take a virtual tour of the restaurant.
I arrived in the city a little early, and thought about walking over to the Empire State Building to take some pictures from the top, but as the day was overcast I decided to to that on another day in the near future when we have a clear day. It's been awhile since I went to the top and I'd love to see the view again!
I did have time to take lots of photos of the Flatiron District with all it's wonderful old and historic buildings, and the very beautiful Madison Square Park, so my next few blogs will be about that area, and I hope you'll join me!
To find out more about special events taking place in NYC, such as Restaurant Week, and ideas on how to plan a visit to NYC, go to NYCvisit.com