Every once in a while you happen upon a little gem of a restaurant when you least expect it. You hadn’t planned on a big meal, just a quick stop for lunch between two scheduled commitments. You go in and you like the place right away. It’s neat, small, well set up, and the service is friendly and efficient from the start. You listen to the list of specials, you go over the menu, and you make your selection of an entree, already knowing that you should be ordering drinks and appetizers and salads before tackling the main course. But time does not allow. The food arrives and everything is above average – fresh and delicious. You know that the desserts must not be missed. But time does not allow. You want to linger and have a leisurely espresso. But time does not allow. You leave and go on with the rest of your day, already planning the next visit and the next meal.
Pane e Vino on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan is such a spot. All I can say is that the grilled calamari & scallops over baby greens and the cavatelli with sausage were very tasty, with a light and subtly unusual touch.