In the Upper West Side on 54th street is a quaint Italian spot that you should check out. Before or after browsing the MOMA, visit by Mozzarella & Vino for a glass of wine and some great Italian favorites. I recently re-visited this restaurant after many years, because in NYC there is just way too much to see, eat, and explore.

The restaurant is small and intimate, with a warm atmosphere and nice staff. I started off with the Manhattan Contorto cocktail, which has a rim of port wine and is a great start to any meal. Alongside were two starters: Burrata Pugliese, scented with basil oil served with cherry tomatoes and toasted bread, and Arancini di Riso, fried rice balls with veal, peas, and mozzarella. Both appetizers are delicious and make great sharing plates for groups of two or more. After a cocktail and a few appetizers, I moved onto some Mozzarella & Vino favorites, which included the Ravioli and the Meatballs. These I paired with a glass of Super Tuscan which really went well with the meatballs. This spot focuses on showcasing smaller Italian winemakers and independent producers and offers wines by the glass as well as the bottle.

” Our talented Chef Vito Gnazzo is responsible for the mouthwatering menu that reflects the simplicity of authentic Italian ingredients, with a heavy emphasis on the Mozzarella di bufala Campana, Italian cheeses, and affettati. Based mostly on classic Italian antipasti, such as arancini, panzarotti, and mozzarella rolls, we also serve a wonderful selection of panini, soups, salads, and of course mozzarella on all shapes and combinations; even on desserts.” –

This holiday season, make it a point to explore the Upper West Side a bit and stop by Mozzarella & Vino for a nice bite and glass of wine. This casual and intimate spot is in a great location and will entice you with their delicious menu offerings.