Food & Chefs: Breaking Chews! Donetto

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Published by: David Danzig on Saturday December 9th, 2017

David Danzig


Something new over in Midtown West recently opened that’s no bull!

Behold all-new Donetto, a gorgeous new Italian restaurant named for the heaviest Chianina bull every weighed, topping the scales at nearly 2 tons!  These cattle are raised in the Tuscan region of Italy so it’s great name and backstory for Chef Michael Perez’s new joint.

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In what was a desolate industrial warehouse area just a few years ago, the Midtown West corridor has blossomed in unimaginable ways and the development and energy over there it’s just astounding with heavy-hitting award-winning restaurants like Miller Union, the Optimist and Le Fat. 

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And now the bull charges into the neighborhood!  This place is a stunner inside and out—walk up to the handsome designer industrial concrete and steel façade and step into a cozy dining room also features Oak wall paneling, mesmerizing wood-block flooring and light brown leather accents throughout.

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Out of the kitchen comes exquisite traditional northern Italian fare.  An exposed pasta station cranks out melt-in-your mouth pastas like their tagliatelle with clams, fusilli with smoked fish or ripiena stuffed with quail. Meats like steak Florentine, a 45-day dry aged bone-in ribeye, half smoked chicken and octopus plated with white beans will stick to your ribs. I really adored their frittelle, a savory Italian dough covered in fresh, shaved pecorino romano and 18-month cured prosciutto.  The food is stupefacente!

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And the cocktails are a blast too—be sure to try the “Netspritz and Chill” made with house limonata, rosemary, aperol, prosecco and lemon and the “Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder” made with 229 Gin, honey and absinthe. 

Donetto is my favorite kind of place:  casual at heart but deadly serious about food and drink.  It not only joins the ranks of the top restaurants in the hood, but in the whole city.

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