Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Falai Panetteria

I have been semi-obsessed with tomato tarts ever since I had one on a flight to Paris (can't remember the airline - Northwest?). Maybe it wouldn't be that great if I had it again now, but I was new to savory tarts at the time, and I really enjoyed it. So when I found out that Falai Panetteria in the Lower East Side made tomato tarts, I knew I had to make a trip.

The first time I went they were out. I went back a second time and I bought two tarts for $4.50 each. Given that Iacopo Falai was the former pastry chef at Le Cirque, I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised at how delicious the tarts were.

That day, I decided that I love places where I can get a glass of wine with lunch. It was a laid back and comfortable little corner restaurant when I went, although I heard it can get busy, crowded, and hectic during the peak hours. I'm definitely going back - to get more tarts and also to try their other pastries.

Falai Panetteria
79 Clinton St
New York, NY 10002-3451
(212) 777-8956

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