This past weekend I had the lucky opportunity to meet Sara De Bellis, the manager of Greenwich Village-based restaurant, Abbottega, a transplant straight from Italy. Offering traditional "osteria food," it started in Milan, now is in New York, and will soon open another location in Miami. Sara invited me for a tasting of the existing menu, which she soon will be revamping. Here are some of the dishes we tried. Get out and support a newcomer to the New York food scene. Bien venutto, Sara!
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