If a trip to Italy isn’t in this year’s budget, the next best thing is a dining excursion to the newly opened Mario’s Trattoria at the corner of John and Wall Street in the historic former Stuyvesant Hotel building. Only one short block from the Uptown Pike Plan, Rocco Panetta and his chef Mario Garcia are offering a dining tour of the best food and drink Italy has to offer, at a wide range of prices and calories!
Want to manga Italiana on a budget? Tuesdays and Wednesday from 5pm to 10 pm offers delectable pasta special, served with a salad for only $10.95. The Penne Giuseppe with its delicate pink cream sauce and mushrooms, peas, and chicken is an exquisite variation on the usual Italian fare. There is a large selection of soups, salads, and panini for those looking for lighter dining. Friday from 5 to 7 Mario’s hosts a happy hour that is becoming an uptown tradition with its generous selection of drink specials and $5 appetizers that are generous enough to serve as a meal, including Clams Oreganata or Mussels Marinara with Tuscan Grilled Bread!
For those who feel like splurging on a joyous celebration, there is a selection of upscale wines from California and Italy from the Trattoria’s extensive wine cellar. For those who prefer beer, Mario’s offers everything from Michelob Ultra Draft through the ubiquitous Bud Lite. And yes, of COURSE there is desert! The Cannoli have sweet ricotta impastata with chocolate chips in a flakey shell — or there is the delicious Ricotta Cheesecake, or a half dozen other delicious choices.
Of course, Rocco’s restaurants (he owns one in New Paltz also) are online at http://www.lastazioneny.com/, and you can visit on twitter and facebook also! The best way to visit is to head for 33-37 John Street–and remember to bring you appetite! Remember, you don’t have to put money in the meters after 5 pm or on weekends!