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  For reservation Call: 212.371.3536



La Giara
501 3rd Ave
(Btwn 33rd & 34th)
New York, NY
Phone:(212)726-9855                                            November 12, 2000
A Succulent slice of Salerno
By Cynthia Kilian
What's a guy from Salerno to do when he moves to New York and discovers there's no Italian in his neighborhood?
For Dario Arenella, the answer was as plain as unsauced ziti: Create one.
So togehter with is brother Pierpaolo, who owns La Gioconda, and Paolo Catini who as worked the stoves at
downtown's Le Streghe, Arenella opened La Giara.
Arenella's place is in Murray Hill, where there is hardly a meatball in sight. This area isn't exactly a hotbed of 
culinary experimentation, not that locals don't find homey staples like lasagna popping up as specials at the few 
neighborhood eateries that do exist. But chef Catini, who hails from the Abruzzi region, makes rustic fare.
And patrons might rightly think they've found their lucky penne when it comes mixed with portobello mushrooms 
and spinach.
Complimentary garlic perfumed bruschetta of chewy country bread topped with lusciously ripe cubes of   
marinated tomato hints at good things to come.
Starters are the kind of unfussy fare that requires pristine ingredients to pull off - the raw beef carpaccio with  
Parmesan and arugola for instance, or the uncooked tuna in a tonno alla tartara.
Pearly lengths of calamari are grilled to tender perfection and served with oil and lemon-slicked greens ($8.50). An 
artichoke with breadcrumb stuffing and wine and lemon sauce is impossible to stop eating. 
While one night's special ravioli ($15) seemed slightly undercooked with a too-sweet pumpkin filling, another  
night's spaghetti with lamb ragout had the kind of slow -cooked sauce and handmade al dente pasta that made it j
ust right for a chilly night($12). 
Dessert include fresh, fruity sorbet as well as chocolate crepes, for those who want to linger.
Weekend brunch and Monday live jazz add to the reasons there's usually a lively mix of neighborhood food lovers  
at the white-clothed table here.






For reservation Call:  212.371.3536

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