New L’asso Head Chef Danny Riviera making news

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

L’asso Hires Chef Daniel Riviera to Expand Menu

  • by Daniel Maurer NY MAG’s GRUBSTREET

L’asso Hires Chef Daniel Riviera to Expand Menu

Photo: Hatti Lim

Not content with merely being named the best pizza in Lower Manhattan by the 5 Boro Pizza Tour, L’asso has installed a head chef, Daniel Riviera, in its basement kitchen with the aim of introducing a menu that goes beyond pies and pasta. Riviera — who is Puerto Rican — has been bumping around kitchens in New York and New Jersey since graduating from the New York Art Institute with a degree in culinary arts. A month into his tenure, he’s added one dish to the dinner menu: a skirt steak marinated in primitivo, then grilled and topped with a chimichurri sauce. For $15, it’s served with an arugula salad of shaved Parmesan and aged balsamic. By December, there’ll be five more entrées, including a fish dish and a linguine with littleneck clams, as well as an expanded brunch menu. L’asso isn’t really hurting for customers, but this should help it hold its own against a trio of ambitious newcomers in its immediate vicinity — the Mott, Civetta, and Travertine.

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MEATBALLS

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Meatballs

We now have Meatballs up and going:
After 5 years Rob’s mom, through a sacred ceremony including chanting and proclamations of secrecy, passed onto him her recipe for meatballs. They are delicious and should be ingested in the near future. Get’ em on pizza, pasta,  by themselves or on a sandwhich.

$8 for a meatball sandwich for lunch. Three meatballs on a Sulliven St. Bakery Panino Roll, L’asso Tomato Sauce and regular mozzarella.  Obie likes it with pickels.  fyi:we  have pickles.

photos by: Joel Barhamand

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Press

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

“Best Pizza in Manhattan!”
-Daily News

“Best Pizza!”
-Extra!

“a year round feast”
-The New York Times

“Top 5 Gourmet”
-Time Out NY

“oozes a warm neighborhood vibe”
-The Onion

“Best of Manhattan”
-NY Press

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