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Taster’s Cherce

Posted By Jon DeRosa On August 19, 2011 @ 11:53 am In Bronx Banter,Jon DeRosa,NY Food,Restaurants,Taster's Cherce | Comments Disabled

Sometimes the simplest thing on the menu is the most intriguing.


My wife and I celebrated our fifth anniversary at Manzo [2] recently. It was our first time at Eataly and we drove ourselves into a ravenous state walking around the market for 30 minutes before our meal. The menu – a fantastic menu for me – swirled before my eyes as every choice seemed better than the one next to it.

I skimmed right past something called ‘tajarin al sugo d’arrosto.’ It was a pasta, though beyond that I had no idea, and I was busy reading menu items which contained words I understood. I got to the end and started to think about my order when I noticed that the last page of the menu contained a glossary of terms.

Tajarin al sugo d’arrosto is a simple dish, ribbons of egg-flour pasta in a light sauce made from the juices of the roast meats. Manzo being a meat place, they have a lot of that juice to go around.

It occurred to me that I rarely order something with such a bare menu description. But the idea of it wormed into my brain and I couldn’t shake it. I asked the waiter to give me his take, ala Alex Belth, and he was a brilliant salesman. He gave me the Indiana Jones “you’ve-chosen-wisely” vibe which made me proud for an instant before I realized I was such an easy mark.

We ordered a lot of incredible dishes, but a week later, I’m still thinking about the tajarin. Still wishing there was one more chunk of bread to wipe in the sauce.

Here’s an attempt to reverse-engineer the recipe [3], though they have used a different pasta from the one I’m pining for.

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[2] Manzo: http://eatalyny.com/eat/manzo

[3] reverse-engineer the recipe: http://www.herbielikesspaghetti.com/2011/04/reverse-engineering-manzos-tajarin-al.html

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