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Originally from Binghamton, New York, Ashley Massis is a small town girl with big city dreams. After moving to Manhattan over two years ago, she is currently pursuing her two great career passions: fashion and writing. With over 7 years in the fashion industry and working for various companies as a freelance author and critic, she has become an expert in NYC nightlife and culture. She founded NYSocialStatus.com in 2012. Currently, she is training for the 2012 NYC Marathon while raising money for the charity Team for Kids.

New York’s La Follia

A few weeks ago, some girlfriends and I stumbled upon La Follia.

Located in Gramercy, we were delightfully surprised at finding such a gem. As we stepped into the restaurant, we chose to sit at the table closest to the open windows. Located on the  corner of 19th and 3rd Avenue, it exudes the essence of a little wine bar. With exposed brick, cream walls, and lit candles, the restaurant is cozy and comfortable. Although sitting on a higher backless seat, I felt as if I was sitting in my grandmother’s kitchen.

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It was a warm summer night, and the atmosphere was perfect. The waitress was more than polite, and offered great information about the menu. I was about to choose the Lobster Ravioli, when the waitress stepped in for a suggestion. As a woman after my own heart, she offered that I should choose the Oriecchiette plate, as she had overheard us talking about how hungry we were. Everyone but one chose the Oriecchiette plate.

After a few glasses of delicious white wine and great conversation, the famous Oriecchiette plates arrived. I was not disappointed. Made with sweet fennel sausage, broccoli rabe, pesto & pecorino, this pasta plate was light enough for a warm fall night, but extremely filling. The saltiness of the pesto mixed with the sweet aromatic fennel sausage was an excellent composition. Mixed with the buttery pecorino, this dish is easily one of the best pasta dishes I have tasted in the city. As the waitress came back to check on us, she proudly explained that some repeat customers come on an average of three days a week to have this pasta.

As we left the restaurant with full bellies and the warmth of the wine, I immediately wrote down the restaurant in my phone. A good restaurant is easy to come by in a city like New York, but a memorable restaurant cannot be found as frequently. I can say I have already been back once, and intend on going back again soon.

WHERE:
La Follia
226 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Ph. 212-477-4100

HOURS OF OPERATION:
Monday-Tuesday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Wednesday-Thursday: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday: 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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