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This week, I continued the ethnic restaurants of Ninth Avenue chowdown with
Basilica, 676 Ninth Avenue between 46th and 47th Streets, an OK,
reasonably-priced Italian restaurant. For dessert, there was "tiramisu" and "tartuffo."
While dictionaries rushed to include "tiramisu," "tartufo" is not in my
Merriam-Webster. A few weeks ago, I heard "tartufo" lavishly explained to
tourists at DiTamasso on Eight Avenue and West 56th.
William Grimes's EATING YOUR WORDS, pg. 214, explains: "an Italian dessert,
containing chocolate, of a creamy mousselike consistency. --ORIGIN Italian,
"Tartufo," in this dessert sense, is not in the OED. You'd never know about
the dessert's history at the Tre Scalini restaurant at the Piazza Navona in
Rome. You could consult my online food dictionary, but...I'm busy doing parking
(PROQUEST HISTORICAL NEWSPAPERS)
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New York Times (1857-Current file). New York, N.Y.: Mar 20, 1955. p. M8 (1
ROMAN FEVER...Once you've had it, you never really recover. And spring is
the very worst time. YOU DREAM of _fragole_, the tiny woodland strawberries, and
baby _piselli_, of fat creamy _fettuccine carciofi alla romano_ and the
wines of the Castelli Romani and Valadiev's on the Pincio (Where Nathaniel
Hawthorne used to go) and of the Tartufo at the Tre Scalini in the Piazzo Navona,
the most beautiful square in _tutto il mondo_.
_An Effortless Way to Give a Greek Wedding Feast or an Italian Picnic_
By JEAN HEWITT. New York Times (1857-Current file). New York, N.Y.: Jul 3,
1971. p. 31 (1 page)
There's Galliano in the rich chocolate tartufo dessert for 75 cents and rum
in the zuppa Inglese for 75 cents a slice.
_Respite in San Gimignano; Quick Orientation Courtly Stylists A Respite in
San Gimignano, a Tuscan Town of Beautiful Towers _
By SARAH FERRELL. New York Times (1857-Current file). New York, N.Y.: Jun
11, 1978. p. XX1 (2 pages)
Unable, for want of a kitchen, to justify the real thing, I order a
"tartufo" for dessert, a thick disk of chocolate ice cream topped with a
chocolate-coated cherry, the whole dipped in yet more chocolate. It is either utterly
delicious or wretchedly excessive; I am unable to make up my mind.
_Restaurants; Flavors from a Roman piazza. Tre Scalini _
Mimi Sheraton. New York Times (1857-Current file). New York, N.Y.: Feb 23,
1979. p. C16 (1 page):
(Tre Scalini, 230 East 58th Street - ed.)
The owners took their name from the same Tre Scalini Restaurant on the
Piazza Navona in Rome (it means "three little steps," which appear at the entrance
to make it all authentic)..
The chocolate covered ice cream tartufo, a trademark at the original Roman
restaurant, is just as well made here.
_The Lighter Ice Creams: Now Less Is More; The Lighter Ice Creams and Ices:
Now Less Is More _
By FLORENCE FABRICANT. New York Times (1857-Current file). New York, N.Y.:
Jul 21, 1982. p. C1 (2 pages)
But at the prices they are charging, they should also offer a truffle flavor
- tartufo - as the superrich chocolate ice cream is called in Italy.
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LIFE"S LITTLE IRONIES, OR, IT"S DAMN COLD OUT-I had a day off on Tuesday and
went for a dental cleaning. On my last cleaning, a cavity was spotted. This
time, I was told that I had cracked a molar way in the back of my mouth. And
the dentist will have to cap it, but first, I have to see a periodontist,
because I have to cut my gums, of course.
In the dentist's waiting room was the latest issue of THE NEW YORKER. And I
told the dentist that my "Big Apple" work was, after a mere 13 years, "The
Talk of The Town." Without my name there, of course. And then you realize that
if you added up all you've ever earned over 25 years, it still wouldn't pay
for one tooth.
So you go to work the next day, and the most important story in the world,
according to the News and the Post, is that baseball player Mike Piazza is
marrying a woman. And then you arrive at the parking ticket place, and you
realize there's no heat. And the guard tells you you're lucky, you have the room
with no windows, it's nice and comfy. And you should have been here yesterday,
they worked from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and it was much colder then and
everyone worked wearing coats, he says. And you say why doesn't anyone call 311,
and they all say that nobody listens to us. And it's like this every damn
day of your life.
WHERE DID BARRY POPIK EAT ON FRIDAY?--Waverly Restaurant on Sixth Avenue and
Waverly. It's been around Greenwich Village forever, but I'd never gone
there. You get a lot of food (soup, salad, fish, potato, vegetable) for $15.95.-
WHERE DID BARRY POPIK EAT ON THURSDAY?--Four restaurants! I had a slice of
pizza at the four-week-old DeMarco's, at MacDougal and West Houston. It
supposedly has great pizza and is a spin-off of a successful Brooklyn pizzeria.
It's $2.50 a slice. Some nice cheese, but burnt crust that I skipped. I then had
once slice at Pizza Booth and one slice at Pizza Box, opposite each other on
Bleecker, again skipping the crust. Average stuff, for $2, and $2.25 a slice.
I then had French onion soup at Dojo on West Fourth Street and Mercer, for
$2.75. The best bargain of all.
PAST WEEK: Our Place (Chinese) and Shanghai Pavilion, both on Third Avenue,
between 77th and 82nd Streets. Excellent places. I'll probably go to the
West Side for Teng's on West 55th Street (opposite La Bonne Soup) and Shanghai
Palace on Ninth Avenue later this week.
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