The Appetizer Crawl Continues in New York City! Petrarca Cucina E Vino in TriBeCa

Petrarca Cucina e Vino
34 White Street, New York, NY

On a recent trip downtown to catch The Seeing Place Theater's production of Cloud 9 at the Access Theater I was challenged to find a nice restaurant to have appetizers and drinks at  before the show.

Located in what is called TriBeCa in the city (for those of you who don't know, TriBeCa = TRIangle BElow CAnal street) I discovered that just a block away from the Access Theater, which is located at 380 Broadway, was a very inviting restaurant called Petrarca Cucina e Vino. 

The Roxy Hotel
And Petrarca was, to my surprise, across the street from The Roxy Hotel (rated #15 out of 465 hotels in NYC on tripadvisor!)

Arriving on the early side, we were seated at a quiet table with a great view of the restaurant and beyond.

We ordered glasses of pinot grigio as a basket of fresh bread appeared. Note: the bread was gorgeous. The crust was so crunchy delicious that I immediately discarded my low carb diet and inhaled more than my share. But I was smart enough to leave some for what was to follow.

Piatto Rustico
We decided upon a stunning Piatto Rustico with prosciutto, speck, salami & porchetto.
Calamari Fritti
And a we also had a light and refreshing order of their Calamari Fritti, fresh fried calamari with a tangy marinara sauce.

As I devoured the appetizers and the pinot grigio I decided to order one more appetizer. (Hey, the show we were going to see was on the long side, 2 hours and 40 minutes...I needed my nourishment!)

Caprese Salad
So I opted for the Caprese...bufala mozzarella & tomato salad with fresh basil. So light and it really cleansed the palate after enjoying the selection of meats.
A delicious find in TriBeCa and I can't wait to return to Petrarca for a full dinner to experience their entrees and desserts.

Buon appetito!

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