There’s More to Tuscany Than Just the Eggplant Parm
While “researching” for lunch spots to eat, I randomly found a post on Serious Eats NY talking about how wonderful the eggplant parm sandwich from Tuscany was and Zach seems to agree (although that was four years ago!) I do love these semi-secretive lunch spots so I had to check it out. While I was there I noticed everyone that came in to get lunch either got pizza or sandwiches. The pizza did look pretty good but I had something else on my mind. Meatballs! So instead of getting what everyone else was getting I got myself the spaghetti with meatballs. So how was it? Did I make the right choice by not getting the eggplant parm? Let’s find out.
For $8.50 I got a giant platter of spaghetti with three good sized meatballs and a piece of bread. When I placed my order, the guy asked if I wanted melted cheese on top. Of course I did! He then finished it off with extra sauce on top.
The spaghetti at Tuscany was pretty good. Of course it wasn’t super fancy cooked to al dente but it wasn’t soft or mushy either. The sauce was a bit thin but it had enough flavors. As for the meatballs, they were okay. It lacked much texture and when I used the fork to cut into it, it didn’t have any of the slight bounce you get from good meatballs. Though the whole platter did satisfy my spaghetti and meatball craving (and I guess now I have to go back and try the eggplant parm!) Probably the best bite from this lunch was the piece of free bread. It was soft and tasted really good. I wonder if they make sandwiches with that bread?
If you’re looking for some decent spaghetti with meatballs Tuscany is your place. Also if you only plan to eat one meal a day for under $10, this dish will definitely fill you up (I did not eat dinner that night because I was still full from it).
Tuscany Catering, 61 W. 55th St. (btw. 5+6th), 212-582-4421
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