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I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2017…

I didn’t realize that meat bread was a real thing until I visited Arthur Avenue and tasted the dangerously addictive ciccioli at Addeo Bakers. For three generations, the Addeo family has been practicing high quality baking from their olive loaves to their excellent bread sticks. But the locals know to come here on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday for the ciccioli. Commonly known as lard bread, this baby is more than just that with bits of sausage and prosciutto throughout and a rich peppery bite. Where has this been my whole life?? Price: $5

ADDEO BAKERS
2352 Arthur Avenue (at East 186th Street),
Belmont, Bronx
(718) 367-8316
addeobakers.com

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2017…

Not sure why nobody thought of this earlier, but Trapizzino is a company from Rome that invented this sandwich-pizza hybrid. Using leavened pizza dough to create pockets, Chef Stefano Callegari can fill it with whatever he sees fit. I truly loved the classic chicken cacciatora cooked down with white wine, garlic, and aromatic rosemary. Price: $6.50

TRAPIZZINO
144 Orchard Street (at Rivington Street),
Lower East Side
(212) 475-2555
trapizzinousa.com

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2017…

I might be one of the last food people in New York to discover this dish. Missy Robbins opened Lilia last year in Williamsburg and all the food writers rejoiced. Most especially, they singled out this plate of delicately filled tubes of pasta. Each bite carefully revealed a rich center of luxurious sheep’s milk cheese. The addition of saffron and rehydrated sun-dried tomatoes was quite nice, but it was the addition of honey that puts this dish well over the edge. Price: $23

LILIA
567 Union Avenue (at North 10th Street),
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
(718) 576-3095
lilianewyork.com

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2017…

I have yet to do my official search for the city’s best cannoli (one day – just you wait) but I think I may have already found them. And they are not from any of the bakeries that make all the other food publication’s lists. These traditional cannoli come from a newer vendor in the Arthur Avenue Retail Market which might be the most authentic Sicilian stop in the entire neighborhood. Italians sip espresso from the counter, every pastry is served with a cold glass of water, and the cannoli are comprised of a browned fried shell and the most luxurious sheep’s milk ricotta filling you can imagine. Price: $1.75/$3.50

CAFFÉ & GELATO
2344 Arthur Avenue (between East 186th Street and Crescent Avenue),
Inside Arthur Avenue Retail Market
Belmont, Bronx
(718) 684-3102
caffeandgelato.com

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2017…

My first post on this site was for the still excellent pizzeria Kesté. This year they expanded big time with locations in both Williamsburg and the Financial District. And they also got a little fancier with a few new appetizers that were not available at the original Bleecker Street location. Since the pizza has already made my list in year’s past, I have to rave about this amazing little play on arancini. It is a rich ball of spaghetti with bits of ham, peas, and mozzarella. The original Italian fried mac and cheese. Price: $3.50

KESTÉ
77 Fulton Street (at Gold Street)
Financial District
(212) 693-9030
232 North 12th Street (between Driggs Avenue and Bayard Street),
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
(917) 909-1183
kestepizzeria.com

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2017…

Pasquale Jones is certainly not the first business to put clams on a pizza, but they have done justice to the tradition started at places like Lombardi’s and New Haven’s Frank Pepe. The hipster chefs here run an expert wood-fired oven crisping the sides to a nice charred pillow. This homage is richer than most with heavy cream standing in for mozzarella. Plump tender clams are plentiful playing beautifully with the bright lemon, garlic, parsley, and chopped broccoli rabe. Price: $24

PASQUALE JONES
187 Mulberry Street (at Kenmare Street),
Nolita
(917) 472-7230
pasqualejones.com

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