A little while ago I was invited to an incredible night of Italian fine dining at Vetro - By Russo’s on the Bay. This Howard Beach restaurant was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy and after many renovations, they wanted to celebrate with a very special Dine-Around Dinner that showcased all of their unique spaces to eat and drink.
Chef Michael DeGeorgio is world renowned and had specially created the night’s menu to feature the kind of authentic Italian cuisine that Vetro’s is famous for. By famous, we mean their 5 Star diamond awards and being voted #1 restaurant in the tri-state area by Open Table.
I was also excited because two of my fabulous Broadway friends, Amanda and Beth were there too. We all danced together on Broadway and they now have an amazing dessert blog Just Desserts NYC. We were thrilled to experience all the fun together!
To start, everyone arrived in the Blue Room for a signature cocktail and then we moved down into the amazing cellar for antipasto, appetizers and a tasting of three wines.
The antipasto was delicious with various meats, cheeses and olives. For appetizers, my favorite by far was the chicken meatball - I think I literally ate about 4 of them. I could tell that dinner was going to be amazing already.
Next we moved into their dining room that overlooked the bay. The menu was extensive and features what Vetro’s is known for when they cater special events and weddings - a choice of 10 different entrees. Now that’s impressive.
We started with homemade pasta and then moved onto mains. I chose the Osso Buco.
Amanda, Beth and I were pretty happy with ourselves - we dubbed our trio the clean plate club. Haha!
To finish the night, we moved upstairs into their VIP rooftop terrace for dessert. Their Executive Pastry Chef, Marco Valencia had put on quite the show. Incredible handmade cookies, tarts, canolis, cakes and macarons. It was all delicious and even after eating multiple courses throughout the night, we still kept some room for dessert.
My favorites of all the desserts were the canolis. Amazing crunchy and cracking shell with a rich cream filling.
Vetro’s were so welcoming and really treated us all like kings and queens. It’s easy to see why their team is so loyal to the company and family style service they are so well know for.
Thank you to Mr Russo and the entire team of staff who looked after us that night. It was an absolute pleasure!
For more information on dining at Vetro, visit their site HERE.