Restaurant Reviews

Cotogna

February 27, 2015

I finally sat down to write this well-deserved review. I have now been to Cotogna twice and while both times offered delicious meals, my experiences were a little different.

The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version: 

Orgasmic.
Best gnocchi I have had in the city. Service was just okay, but all the food was delicious!

The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:

A cute restaurant located in Jackson Square offers some of the best Italian-inspired food. The décor is clean and simple with wooden tables and an open layout. Our table might have been a bit close to the others, but the space feels cozy and open at the same time. Our waitress was nice, but the service wasn’t over-the-top great, she was efficient and polite. The noise level gets a bit loud, especially during dinner. A little tip… they only have 1 table for parties of 5, so if you are trying to reserve that, it is better to call in (avoid using Opentable).

The first time I went was for lunch and it was delicious, I had a burrata starter, speck pizza, gnocchi and dessert and everything was amazing! The second time I went, I had a different burrata appetizer, pasta and dessert. I will say that the portions are small so be ready to shell out about $100 dollars for 2 people if you want to walk out full.

Hours
Mon – Thurs   11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Fri – Sat     11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sun   5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

What I ate:

  • Focaccini ($4)
  • Burrata ($13)
  • Gnocchi ($18)
  • Tiramisu ($9)

Thoughts?

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The 6 rolls of focaccini were fluffy, buttery, warm and a bit spicy. There were chile flakes that gave it a nice spice. I wouldn’t say this is a must order especially if you’re a light eater, I’d skip this step.

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Both times I have ordered the burrata appetizers and both were great! My favorite was my first time when they served it with radicchio and pomegranate sauce. That fruity and bitter combination was delicious! This time tasted a bit more “green” and earthy, but also great. You can’t really go wrong when burrata is the main ingredient. However, their burrata, in particular, is always fresh and super flavorful.

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The gnocchi knocked me off my socks the first time I came, it was presented in a cheese sauce with Brussel sprouts and ham. This last time was great too, but it was a bit simple for my taste. It was decorated with a bit of rosemary in a castelmagno cheese sauce. It really let the quality gnocchi speak for itself, but I would’ve liked a little more pizzazz.

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I tried the dulce de leche the first time and it was overly sweet and definitely not what I thought of when I pictured a dulce de leche cake, it was a small, thin piece with a bit too much sugar. The dulce de leche seems to be a more permanent item, but the tiramisu (which i ordered in my latest visit) was a featured item. It was delicious, the only thing i would change is that it is served on a piece of chocolate and I thought it took away from the traditionally light fluffy taste. I found that this dessert was too sweet because of it, so I found myself paying close attention to how I picked up the dessert as to avoid the bottom chocolate layer.

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