Thursday, April 21, 2011

Lumi - Italian on the Upper East Side

An Old School Italian Favorite with a Contemporary Twist!  That is Lumi!  This a great place to stop in for a drink, lunch, dinner or dessert after shopping with your friends.  In my case, Andrew and I found this place about 7 years ago when I needed to find superb New York City Doctors to heal me.  Lumi is located on the corner of 70th and Lexington Avenue.  It is a charming eatery in a charming neighborhood.  You can eat outside at the cafe tables but I like the area by the bar where you can look up onto the street and people watch!

We ordered a nice bottle of Trebbiano Di Puglia wine ($40).  It is a light fruity white that went well with our food choices.

I liked sitting at lunch with a glass of wine and discussing  the events of our Manhattan expedition.  Again, we were in for a few doctors appointments and it was good to wind down and discuss the doctors findings.  I am a healthy girl and that is always a relief.

The calamari and zucchini friti appetizer ($12) was fantastic.  Lovely and fresh.  The marinara sauce had capers and black pepper in it and was unique and tasty. 

The Insalata di Ortalano ($13) salad was phenomenal!  Shaved beets, cannellini beans, chick peas, peas, walnuts, frisee salad and goat cheese in a vinaigrette.  It was worth the trip just for this!

We both ordered the whole wheat veal ravioli ($20)  in a beautiful rustic tomato mushroom sauce with porcini mushrooms and rosemary.  Andrew remarked that these were very similar to the ravioli that his grandmother used to make.  Ah memories!

This place makes authentic Caesar salad table side and I will definitely have that next time we roll in.  The desserts at the other tables were raved about but we were very satisfied and declined.


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