Perhaps you share my Italiano fantasy: A Tuscan feast, replete with homegrown tomatoes and freshly plucked basil, followed by fresh, delicate, homemade pasta, charred fennel and a smattering of thinly sliced local meats and artisanal cheeses. If you can’t make the trip to Italy, the dream can still be yours at Rosemary’s Enoteca & Trattoria.
The name is an ode to Rosemary, owner Carlos Suarez’s mother (he also owns Clean Plates-approved Bobo). Chef Wade Moses, formerly of Clean Plates-approved Babbo , brings the essence of Italy via the West Village restaurant. As part of their commitment to sustainable living, they’re also partnering with P.S. 41 in a food education program focused on its rooftop farm.
Take a gander at the plant life; seedlings are beginning to sprout (they’re sourcing locally until it’s harvest time). You can feel just as good about their creature comforts: the seafood is sustainable, and the hormone- and antibiotic-free meat is sourced from Pat LaFrieda of Food Network fame.
The menu reads like an Italian lullaby, from focaccia—between the rosemary and sea salt special and another with soft cow’s milk cheese stracchino di recco, how do you choose?—to healthful eggplant caponata. There’s a short, pristine list of frutti di mare, a novel celery Caesar salad, homemade mozzarella and naturally a nutty Pecorino Toscano.
And that’s the beginning. The ballad continues with fresh, homemade linguini with preserved lemon, pickled chile and Parmesan; cavatelli (small rolled pasta shells) with peas, asparagus and ricotta; and leg of lamb with snap peas, turnips and spigarello (an Italian heirloom variety of broccoli).
The spacious dining room is an open, rustic space warm with burnished wood, from the tables and chairs to the exposed beams overhead. Yes, Italy is calling. We can’t wait to answer.
Rosemary’s Enoteca & Trattoria
18 Greenwich Avenue at West Tenth Street
Image courtesy of Jaclyn Einis.