Andrew Carmellini is not usually as crooked as the art on the left here - that is due to a strange glitch of our technology center. He began his culinary career while still an18-year-old a student at the Culinary Institute of America -- on the weekends he was chef to New York Governor and Mrs. Cuomo. He meandered through several countries and stellar kitchens after that, and now is an owner and the chef of A Voce, a restaurant in the Gramercy Park area of Manhattan.
Carmellini 's menu at A Voce is inspired by the various regional cuisines of Italy. He likes food that is delicious and comforting. "I don't try to manipulate food too much, don't like to make it too esoteric," he says.
After Ms. Tomato had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. C for the Wall Street Journal (article dated October 21-22, 2006) , she was subsequently taken there by a friend. This friend is lovely and a public figure, so we were treated with free glasses of wonderful prosecco and extra desserts, which made our opinion of the place unfairly good.
Between us, we ordered the beet salad, the fresh ricotta with rustic bread toasts, the roasted cauliflower ravioli, the homemade papparadelle with lamb bolognese, and the steamed black sea bass in basil-shellfish broth. It was divine.
For dessert we ordered melon and sorbet balls tossed with extra virgin olive oil and rock salt. We were also given warm cream-filled donuts with chocolate dipping sauce.
Therefore, Ms. Tomato must pronounce the food is truly good at A Voce. This may be a contributing factor to the award of its first Michelin star. A Voce is at 41 Madison Avenue at 26th Street, although the door is on 26th Street. (877) 615-4550.