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A Voce has been one of my favorite Italian restaurants ever since celebrated Chef, Andrew Carmellini, held rank in it’s kitchen (oh, how I miss his duck meatballs!)—but the popular Madison Avenue hotspot hasn’t skipped a beat since Missy Robbins, named one of Food & Wine‘s Best New Chefs of 2010, took over as Executive Chef in 2008. This much-acclaimed modern eatery offers classic and accessible Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist. The menu celebrates the traditional ingredients and flavors of Italy with memorable dishes that are executed simply, with a touch flair and elegance.
A Voce opened a second location late last year on the 3rd floor of the Time Warner Center (in the former Café Gray space) and I recently dropped in to have lunch at the new locale. The clean, modern interior features an intimate bar area, exposed kitchen and a spacious, sun-drenched dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows offering magnificent views of Columbus Circle and Central Park.
The all-new, moderately priced menu pays tribute to Carmellini’s original, but clearly Robbins had no hesitation in making it her own. She masterfully enhances rustic Italian classics to create straightforward dishes with delicately balanced flavor profiles.
While my expectations of the Columbus offshoot were about as high as the first time I dined at A Voce Madison after Robbins originally took over, I have been extraordinarily impressed on both occasions-Missy delivered an artfully crafted meal with incredible finesse that left me feeling satisfied, stuffed and in a state of bliss.
A Voce Columbus, 10 Columbus Circle #3, New York, NY 10019