Pasta @ Pepe Rosso

149 Sullivan Street, New York

At the bottom of the Pepe Rosso’s menu sign above the counter there is a statement that perfectly summarizes the value proposition of this restaurant: “No Diet Coke – No Skim Milk – No Decaf Coffee – Only Good Food”. I would complete this sentence by adding “… Especially Good Pasta”.

Every pasta dish is a delicious experience that brings a piece of Italy in Soho. The rigatoni with pink sauce and prosciutto are rich and decadent. The black squid spaghetti were a special – very special, actually – of the day. The tomato sauce was not overwhelming, leaving the main scene to the abundant seafood. The level of spiciness may be too high for the palate not used to southern Italian cuisine.

These two dishes are a representative sample of the menu. Other pasta dishes, the sandwiches and the focaccia are good reasons to visit Pepe Rosse more than once.

 

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Beach Lunch @ Cayenas del Mar

Cayenas del Mar, Dominican Republic

Beach lunch with some tasty and unconventional dishes. A kind of latkes made with plantains and topped with fish, deep fried fish tails, eggplant rolls stuffed with fresh cheese. Rich flavors and multiple textures for a great lunch served directly at the beach.

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Fish Lunch @ La Entrada Beach

La Entrada, Dominican Republic

The cotorra is a typical fish of the coral reef. At the shacks at La Entrada beach, this fish is cooked in a traditional way that leaves a crispy skin on the outside with a tender meat on the inside. The beach is recommended for its Ocean and fresh water swim opportunities. A lunch at these shacks is even more recommended,  as a pleasant break between the morning and afternoon shift at this nice beach.

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Fish Dinner @ El Babunuco

Camino del Saltadero, Cabrera 33000, Dominican Republic

El Babunuco is a sort of relaxing and anti-stress device. The name fits perfectly with this restaurant where culinary tradition meets artistic creativity. The fish was  the king of our meals: calamari fried in a crispy batter, crab meat and dorade (sea bream) were succulent and cooked according to simple and tasty recipes. Make sure to order also the crispy potatoes “of the house”.

Take also some time to walk around this place that is a blend of traditional restaurant, antiques shop and artist laboratory. If you look for a memorable experience, visit this place and you won’t be disappointed.

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Fish Dinner @ Manny’s

Duarte Street, Cabrera 33000, Dominican Republic

At Manny’s fresh local fish meets a superb preparation. The cooked fish is made even more delicious by a playful and interesting variety of tasty sides that change every day (fried bananas, savory sauces, poached eggs, and avocado salad, among the others). The carpaccio of the thinly sliced lambi (local name for the conch) elevates this seafood. The cocktails are superlative, especially the mohito with fragrant mint leaves.

Finally, the view, sound and scent of the Ocean enrich an already superb experience.

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