Restaurant Review: Lilia

I love pasta and I’ve found several pasta dishes around NYC that I think about whenever I get a pasta craving.  Which, let’s be honest, is daily when it is cold outside.  The black spaghetti from Babbo, the cacio e pepe from i Sodi, and the spaghetti at Scarpetta are just a few examples.  So I couldn’t wait to try the latest buzz-y pasta place, LiliaPete Wells and almost every other food critic was raving about the pasta so I decided the trip to Williamsburg was worth it.  On top of that, I’d never been to the rooftop at the nearby Wythe Hotel.  I realized why most people move to Brooklyn – you have views of the Manhattan skyline.  You have to LEAVE NYC to see NYC!  The drinks and views were gorgeous with fireplaces roaring.   I had always assumed this was a summer spot but the inside is equally charming. IMG_9996.JPG

Then we headed to Lilia and couldn’t wait to get to the order.  To start, we ordered the grilled clams with calabrian chili and the grilled blowfish tails (an absolute must try).


We also had the bagna cauda, vegetables crowded around a warm dip that tasted a lot like delicious anchovies.We knew we had to try their most instagrammed dish, the malafadini which is their take on cacio e pepe, but with parmesan and pink pepper.  I couldn’t wait to try it.   For pastas, we ordered the malfadini; the guitar string spaghetti with chanterelles, prosciutto, and parmigiano; and the  saffron and honey agnolotti. The pastas were perfectly cooked but the standout was really the spaghetti for me.. so much so that I ordered another portion just for me!


Then men at our table also split their ribeye special for 6 people for $120, which was outstanding.  We were too stuffed to sample their desserts.  But we will be back, there are 7 more pasta dishes to try 🙂

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