Perbacco – Excellent East Village Italian

Perbacco is not a place that had been on my radar, but when I received an offer from Blackboard Eats, I looked for reports on Chowhound, my most trusted source for dining info. I found a few positive mentions, but with little detail. Yelp reviews, which I find less credible, were almost unanimously positive. It seemed worth taking a chance, and turned out to be a fine choice. There were 3 of us so we got to taste a number of dishes.  Our appetizers were swordfish carpaccio with oranges, grilled octopus salad, and creme brulee of parmigiano reggiano.  The creme brulee was an unusual and delicious dish, with a balsamic glaze.  The octopus was tender and flavorful, and the swordfish worked very well with the orange. Main courses were chicken scallopine with taleggio and truffle oil, trippa alla Romana, and ravioli.  All were interesting and tasty, and the tripe had a nice spicy kick to it.  We finished off with a wonderful prune armagnac gelato and orange hibiscus sorbetto.

Decor is warm and cozy, service was excellent, and they have a nice selection of Italian beers, which we appreciated.  The menu is quite extensive so there will be lots of dishes to try when we return, which I look forward to.


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