One of my best friends, who I haven’t seen since graduation, was trekking into the city today from Philly (even though she thinks Philly should technically be called the city but that’s another story for another day) so I knew I had to show her a good time.

Friends at Forcella

During my two months of “funemployment” I had compiled a list of places I wanted to eat and what specifically I wanted to eat there. I sent her three different options pulling from each genre of food, and for this night we landed upon Forcella.  She knew going out to dinner with me meant that she would have no say in ordering so as soon as we got there I ordered without seeing a menu, smooth right?forcella - pic 1

We started with their Burrata drizzled in a balsamic glaze. Although a small portion, it was packed with flavor, and the glaze added a nice touch. When we were done with that, in four seconds, we used the left over balsamic and dipped our warm, crispy bread into it to hold us over until course number two.

The service was great and the waiter told us he was going to stagger our dishes so we would be able to savor each one. Our first main was the penne ala vodka. The pasta was cooked to al dente perfection and they gave us a decent portion, which is hard to come by in New York if you’re not going family style.



The Penne ala Vodka was followed up by their signature fried pizza, the Montanara. It’s a “fried” pizza, I was slightly confused by this when I first heard about it, but it’s not what you think. It’s not coming from the county fair with deep fried Oreos. The dough is just dipped in hot olive oil right before the sauce and cheese are applied.

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In the midst of all of this my friend and I were each handed a complimentary drink, because we’re super pretty. JK the bartender was just messing around with a new mix and wanted to see if we liked it, which we did. So when you end up at Forcella ask for one of their new concoctions (because I’m not quite sure what was in it).

All in all Forcella had a lot to offer. They’re more upscale looking than your typical Italian restaurant, giving off a swanky younger vibe. It’s a great place to get drinks and split a personal pie with friends at the bar or go to town on an entire meal. I prefer the latter but you do you.

For more information on Forcella check out their website.

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