The Alley: A Pizza and Pasta Paradise

We’re just one month into the new year, and we already have a serious contender for Favorite Meal of 2018: The Alley at The Betsy Hotel. It’s been a while since we’ve had an entire meal that’s impressed us so much, but this cozy Italian restaurant knocked it out of the park. From the moment the starters hit the table to the last bite of dessert, we couldn’t stop smiling.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Making Pesto

Riviera Focacceria - Ingredients Table

Last week, we got a lesson in making one of our favorite pasta sauces: the almighty pesto. Thanks to Riviera Focacceria Italiana in Midtown, we now know what it takes to create this delicious basil-y goodness. It took us a lot of trial and error (emphasis on error), though.

While it may seem simple — just mix basil, pine nuts, olive oil and cheese with a mortar and pestle — there’s a little more to do it than that. Here’s what we learned.

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