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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Steak Pizzaiola

 It's another damp and rainy day in NYC.  A day to drink wine and hibernate while feasting on some good old Italian comfort food.  Personally I think nothing is more comforting then a Steak Pizzaiola made with a marbly rich Ribeye steak!  I chose to take the evil and indulgent route by serving it with some al dente rigatoni, freshly shaved pecorino with a dollop of fresh ricotta.  However, you could definitely go the lighter route and serve it by itself alongside some sauteed broccoli rabe (gluten free). Have a glass of Montepulciano with it and you are good to go!  


1 large Ribeye steak (bone in) rinsed off and pat dried with a paper towel
2 large cans of crushed tomatoes (the brand of your choice)
3 large cloves of garlic peeled and chopped
1 small onion peeled and chopped
1 handful of fresh parsley washed and chopped
4 large fresh basil leaves washed and chopped
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
2 tsp olive oil
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper (or to taste)
1/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
2 tbsp red wine (use the brand of your choice)
kosher salt
crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
Serves 5


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Take a dutch oven, coat it with the olive oil and place it on the stove top with a medium heat under it.  Add the garlic and onions, saute for one minute stirring the mixture often (be careful not to burn the onions and garlic during this process).  Take the Ribeye steak, lightly sprinkle both sides of it with kosher salt then lay it in the dutch oven.  Lightly brown the Ribeye on both sides.  Add the canned tomato and saute stirring it often until it begins to bubble lightly. Finally, add the remaining ingredients of red wine, dried oregano, dried basil, fresh ground pepper, salt, fresh parsley, fresh basil, bay leaves and crushed red pepper flakes.  Mix ingredients together well.  Turn off the flame.  Cover the dutch oven and place it in the oven.  Bake it for 2 hours stirring it every 20 minutes or so. Remove it from the oven.  Let stand for 3 minutes (I remove the bay leaves during this time). Serve.

Instructions for rigatoni presentation:

1 lb. dry rigatoni pasta (gluten free rigatoni if preferred)
1 tbsp fresh ricotta (per plate)
freshly shaved percorino (to taste)

Cook the rigatoni pasta to a perfect al dente.  Strain it saving some of the water. Place the empty pot back on the stove on a medium heat.  Add 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Once the pasta water is lightly bubbling transfer 2 full ladles of sauce from the Pizzaiola into the pot stirring it often.  Once that begins to lightly bubble add the rigatoni and toss it around generously mixing it together (add more sauce if necessary to coat the pasta evenly). Remove from the heat immediately to avoid overcooking the pasta. Plate the rigatoni on individual plates topping each plate with some extra pieces of the ribeye steak.   Add one heaping tbsp of ricotta to the top of each plate.  Shave the pecorino cheese over each plate.  Serve.

Sunday, January 6, 2013


This little gem of a dessert spot has always reserved a special place in my chocolate covered heart.  If you are a dessert enthusiast, then you are sure to love Chikalicious!  The menu changes slightly over time and there are always great specials to be tried, however, there are some staple desserts that remain on the menu and I just have to have them every time I'm there!  They don't take reservations but not to worry, the wait is never too long (generally about 15 minutes).  You can either sit at a table (the space is extremely small and there are only about 4 tables) or at the counter.  I always enjoy sitting at the counter, sipping on Prosecco while watching the magic happen.  It's the best!!!  You can order a la carte or do the $16 pre-fixe menu, which is generally my choice.  It comes with an amuse bouche, choice of dessert and petit fours.

An amuse bouche equally proportioned in color, texture and flavor..
A little caramelizing action!

Butternut Squash Ice Cream Brulee on Spiced Genoise Cake 
Fromage Blanc Island Cheesecake 

My absolute favorite!!  Filled with smooth and creamy vanilla deliciousness served on a bed of ice.

Warm Chocolate Tart with Pink Peppercorn Ice Cream and Red Wine Sauce.  A staple item that never let's you down!

 Petit Fours of mini marshmallows and chocolate ganache covered in toasted coconut and lemon poppy butter cookies.

203 E 10th Street (between 1st Ave and 2nd Ave)
Hours of Operation
Thursday-Sunday 3pm-10:45pm
Closed Monday and Wednesday!!!!!

Chikalicious (Takeout Only!!!!!!)
204 E 10th Street (between 1st Ave and 2nd Ave)
Monday-Friday 1pm-Midnight
Saturday Noon-Midnight
Sunday Noon-11pm