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La Grata is making a splash in the South Bronx
November 6, 2016

Chef Erminio Conte

Hiii splashy readers I have to tell you about this one time I told everyone to look out my dab after tasting the Trenette Al Pesto Genovese pasta. Haha. Ok let’s hit the rewind button on this Splash Out I was honored to be a guest for the tasting of the new pizzoteca’s menu and boy was it a delightful casual fine dining experience. 

Baked Ziti

La Grata an Italian eatery and pizzeria is in the heart of The South Bronx serving a variety of scrumptious gourmet soft crust firewood pizzas, fresh pastas, salads and desserts. Executive Chef Erminio Conte a native from Italy is the master behind the establishment that brings comfort food to New Yorkers. La Grata is located at 136 Alexander Avenue (on E 134th Street) in Port Morris bringing family tradition passed down through food. 

Nutella pizza

Conte imported two ovens from Southern Italy port of Naples to add authenticity to the Italian cuisines. The unique decor ranges from the tasteful artwork that decorates the walls to the artsy bronze basketball hoop that hangs in the back of the establishment gives off a chill vibe to dine with family or friends. This laid back setting eatery has been approved by New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony as he tweeted “Check out #LaGrata Pizzeria in #SouthBronx for that authentic slice.”

Chanel Speedy’s favorites were: the Carbonara pizza (white pizza with bacon and eggs) it was simply amazing! I love bacon so need I state more. 

The Trenette Al Pesto Genovese pasta (basil, pine nuts, romano cheese and extra virgin olive oil with fresh trenette made daily) had everyone dabbing as it was pure stomach joy! 

The Ricotta Cheesecake (traditional Italian cheesecake with local ricotta) comes in a really cute mason jar and it is topped with whipped cream and strawberry drizzle. Let’s just say you will NOT want to share this with anyone and it may cause you to get distracted if you are in a conversation. 

I recommend La Grata great food, great ambiance, excellent service and well priced food. Don’t just take my word for it visit and tell me what your favorite dish is. La Grata hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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The Village Voice Choice Eats 8th Annual tasting event
January 21, 2015

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The Village Voice announces its second round of restaurants for the eighth annual Choice Eats tasting event on Friday, March 13th (tickets on sale tomorrow at noon).The 7 new restaurants announced today include: Ample Hills Creamery, Brooklyn Kolache Co., Casa Mono and Bar Jamon, Gloria’s Carribean Cuisine, Mable’s Smokehouse, The Queens Kickshaw, and Robicelli’s.

These restaurants will join the previously announced 18 participants: 2 Duck Goose, 606 R&D, Awadh, Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter, Butter & Scotch, Commerce Restaurant, The East Pole, Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue, Huertas, John Brown Smokehouse, Littleneck, Luke’s Lobster, MAX, No. 7, The NoMad, Spicy Pot, Thai Rock, Tuome and many more to be announced.

The event will feature an array of 50+ handpicked restaurants from all five New York City boroughs, and will take place from 6:00PM – 10:00PM at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

This year’s Choice Eats will feature three tiers of ticket options – General Admission tickets ($65), Early Entry Preview tickets ($85) and VIP tickets ($99) – all of which are on sale now. The Voice will also offer ticket buyers access to a limited number of Choice Eats/Choice Streets combo tickets for an additional 10% off savings. GA combo tickets ($115) are available until supplies last and will offer guests tickets to Choice Eats as well as the 4th annual Choice Streets Food Truck event at The Intrepid on May 5th with a sampling of 20+ of NYC’s more popular food trucks.

All Choice Eats guests will be able to enjoy unlimited sampling of the best dishes from 50+ restaurants reviewed and heralded in the Village Voice along with desserts, complimentary craft beer pairings, wine and liquor beverages. The Early Entry Preview ticket will allow guests to get a half hour head start on tasting and sipping, along with the ability to skip the line and beat the crowd. The VIPticket will grant guests admission to the full event one hour early, with access to a private VIP room and an exclusive VIP gift bag. For more details on this year’s three ticket options, visit: http://www.villagevoice.com/choiceeats.

Choice Eats will be accepting volunteer applications until February 27th to assist The Village Voice team on-site at the event. All volunteers will receive a free general admission ticket to The Village Voice’s 4th annual “Choice Streets” food truck tasting event on May 5th. To apply, you must be 21 years or older and fill out this application, here: http://bit.ly/CEvolunteer15.

This year marks the 7th year working with the non-profit organization Slow Food NYC as the charitable partner of Choice Eats, whom a portion of proceeds will be shared with. Sponsors of the 2015 Choice Eats event include: Whole Foods Market, Califia Farms and Asahi Beer.

EVENT DETAILS:
The Village Voice’s 8th Annual Choice Eats Tasting Event
DATE: Friday, March 13th 2015
VENUE: Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W. 18th St, Manhattan, NY
TICKETS: On sale tomorrow, here: http://bit.ly/ChoiceEats2015
General Admission Ticket – $65 | Early Entry Preview Ticket – $85 | VIP Ticket – $99
TIME: VIP Hour: 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Early Entry Preview: 6:30PM – 7:00PM
General Admission: 7:00PM – 10:00PM

For the latest on “Choice Eats” please have a taste here:
http://www.villagevoice.com/choiceeatshttp://www.villagevoice.com/choiceeats
http://www.facebook.com/voicechoiceeatshttp://www.facebook.com/voicechoiceeats
http://www.twitter.com/ChoiceEatshttp://www.twitter.com/ChoiceEats

About Village Voice Events:

The Village Voice has independently produced and created such celebrated events as the Choice Eats, Obies Awards, 4Knots Music Festival, Choice Streets, Holiday Spirits, Brooklyn Pour, as well as the most anticipated issues and guides of the year including the annual Pazz and Jop music poll, Best of NYC, and its Spring, Summer, and Fall Preview guides. The Voice is New York’s most influential must-read alternative newspaper in print and online. For more information on the Voice or its events, please visit us online at http://www.villagevoice.comhttp://www.villagevoice.com

We are now accepting Press Applications for Choice Eats 2015. Press interested in receiving press credentials should fill out this form and will receive a response closer to the event: http://bit.ly/1BALrnm

Chanel Speedy is the definition of SPLASHERY!

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