I think some of my favourite food in the world has to be Italian, so when Marco Pierre White’s pr team invited me down to try out his newly opened Italian American restaurant I couldn’t say yes fast enough! Marco’s New York Italian, which can be found in an old tudor looking building in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon, combines Marco’s Italian roots with his love of american food to offer a taste of little Italy which could be straight from the streets of Manhattan.
My friend Lucy and I headed down last Monday evening and were welcomed by a very friendly team offering to take our coats and take us a little table right in the window. To kick off we both ordered a glass of wine and some olives to enjoy while we chose what to order for the main event. I have to say, I don’t usually talk about wine because I’m far from a connoisseur but I went for Red with the Nero d’Avola and it was delicious! It’s described on the menu as a fruity medium red and it complimented the olives perfectly.
Now it was time for the starters and we both opted for the Chargrilled asparagus with poached egg and a parmesan crust. Asparagus and parmesan is a starter that my paps is a big fan of, so I knew it was going to be yummy, but the addition of a poached egg was SO GOOD! I’m a firm believer that eggs can be involved in any meal at any time of day and this winning combination proved it.
Then it was time for mains and I moved away from the Italian flavours and opted for the New York chicken which is chargrilled with crispy prosciutto
& Monterey Jack cheese and comes with lazy fries and Lucy opted for the Chicken Milanese with Neapolitan spaghetti. There is no denying that my New York chicken was seriously tasty, but in hindsight I sort of wish I had tried something a bit different as it was basically hunter’s chicken, which is one of my favourites but sort of tastes the same wherever you have it, if that makes any sort of sense! The addition of prosciutto was a nice addition though and certainly gave it a little extra something!
Now obviously we had to have puddings all in the name of doing the best review right? Lucy saw through her Italian menu choices with what she assures me was the best Tiramisu of her life and I went for the Semifreddo with apricot and amaretto compote. The Semifreddo was really lovely with the apricot and ameratto flavours working together to give just the right amount of sweet to finish off the meal.
Overall I really enjoyed my trip to Marco’s New York Italian. Although it probably isn’t my favourite of all the restaurants I have been lucky enough to be invited down to, if you are looking for some tasty Italian american grub it will tick all the boxes. I also really like how they have combined the oldy worldy feel building with the modern contemporary Marco’s style to create quite a unique dining atmosphere. Only a short walk away from the RSC it would be the perfect spot for a pre show meal or a great place to grab dinner after a day walking round Stratford. If you’re ever in Shakespeare’s hometown then be sure to take a trip!
Have you ever tried any of Marco’s restaurants?