On Wednesday, February 22nd, Contorno’s Restaurant celebrated their official grand opening with an invite-only media tasting event at their new space, located at 30 West 31st Street inside the new boutique Holiday Inn Express. Guests enjoyed wine tastings as well as a selection of small plate passed hors d’oeuvres from the menu developed by executive chef David Buico. Popular items included a Hand Rolled Ricotta Gnocchi w/ Wild Boar Bolognese & Shaved Dry Ricotta, Shrimp Al Pancha w/ White Heirloom Beans, Spicy Salami and Tomato Jus, and Grilled Zucchini w/ English Mint and Pine Nut Pesto as well as a Milk Chocolate & Pistachio Tart and a New York Cheese Cake. The regular menu is filled with Rustic Italian style “small plate” options designed to be paired with the extensive wine list. With the lights turned down low and the music playing, a mood was set. The open layout (with seating for 110) allowed guests ample space to explore, mingle and sample wines from around the world. Contorno’s General Manager, Marta Cisneros, and owner, Andrew Impagliazzo, worked the room— mingling with the crowd and making sure that everyone was being taken care of. Contorno’s is certainly the new kid in an interesting neighborhood (i.e. Empire State Building, Herald Square, Korea Town), but Cisneros says, “There’s really nothing like us in this area and we’re looking forward to surprising people with everything that we have to offer— from our wines, to our food to our general ambiance. We want to create relationships with our customers and keep them coming back for more,” and after last night they definitely will be.
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Check out all the photos from the Tasting Event on the Contorno’s Facebook fan page.
This week, Contorno’s also introduced “Swirl Tuesday’s”. Each week GM/Sommelier Marta Cisneros will lead customers in sampling a red or white wine flight from a different region, and help them learn about the wine and how to pair it with different dishes.
Contorno’s restaurant is located at 30 West 31st Street, between 5th Avenue and Broadway (www.ContornosRestaurant.com).