Perbacco's goal is to give friends and lovers the opportunity to share multiple small dishes, providing their taste buds with a tour of Italy, accompanied by wine, of course. Lots of it.Is a super-sized plate of lasagna your typical Italian meal of choice? Try again. There's nothing typical about that. Authentic Italian cuisine is light fare with simple dishes that tease the palate. Way back at the turn of the century (circa 2003 A.D.), Perbacco opened as the first Italian tapas restaurant in New York City. Its goal was to give friends and lovers the opportunity to share multiple small dishes, providing their taste buds with a tour of Italy. And share did many customers over the years, several sampling the Tartara di Manzo. Passing the plate, they tasted tiny cubes of beef tenderloin salted with anchovy paste, stilted by a foundation of croutons and crowned with a golden egg yolk. Over wine, they indulged in Prosciutto and Figs, the seasonal caramelized fruit plated with a side of Gorgonzola mousse. In what other dishes did they indulge? Do you have time to read an 15 page essay? Instead, get to Perbacco while the getting is good. Then again, it always is.
Tartara di Manzo, $13
Prosciutto and Figs, $10
Polpette al Pomodoro (beef and veal meatballs in tomato sauce), $10
Ravioli al Prosciutto e Melone (ravioli stuffed prosciutto with melon), $18
Salciccia di Gamberi e Capesante (grilled shrimp and scallop sausage), $13
Monday - Thursday, 5 p.m. to midnight
Friday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Saturday, noon to 1 a.m.