DONATO'S RESTAURANT AND PIZZA
It all starts with great food and Donato uses only the finest meats, fish, vegetables and pasta to create their legendary dishes. Start with a fine wine by the glass or bottle, or perhaps a cocktail from the bar while you peruse the tantalizing menu. Appetizers include buttery, handmade mozzarella with paperthin slices of prosciutto, tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil and fresh basil. Whole clams, baked till crispy with a buttery oregano sauce are delicious and the shrimp in an aromatic garlic sauce are great to share. Dip the warm focaccia bread brought to your table into this delectable sauce. Zuppa di mussels are fresh and clean, made with garlicky wine and tomato sauce. The appetizer special of the evening was a whole artichoke stuffed with vegetables and herbs. Next time I'll try the golden crab cakes. Cold calamari and scungilli salad, arugula salad and tricolore salad round out your choices for starters.
Donato's purchases fresh fish and seafood each day to create dishes such as fillet of sole Francese, which was perhaps the finest I've eaten. Tender and flaky, the fillet cuts with a fork and is gently sautéed with butter, lemon and white wine for a melt-in-your-mouth experience. Plump shrimp are prepared a number of ways including Francese style, oreganata, with bread crumbs, butter and lemon, and fra diavolo, with a spicy tomato sauce. The catch of the day was swordfish, prepared alla meuniere, with white wine, capers and garlic. All dinner entrées are served with a side dish of spaghetti, or French fries or salad.
The expert chef prepares chicken alla Donato by sautéing chunks of boneless chicken and sweet sausage with white wine and garlic, served with sliced potatoes, making it one of the most popular items ($13.95). Meat lovers can opt for a juicy steak, thick pork chops or veal chops. Tender veal sorrentina is layered with eggplant, prosciutto and fontina cheese and you'll always find classic veal parmigiana ($15.95)
On April 17, Donato's invites you to an evening of live music, featuring a keyboard player and singer, playing all your favorite Italian and American standards. Donato's is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. The pizza oven in the front of the restaurant makes crispy pizza, hot heros and specialty sandwiches to stay or to go. There's free delivery too.
On Saturdays from 11am to 4pm and Sundays from 11am to 3pm, a special brunch is served at reasonable prices. Brunch items include eggs, omelets, frittata and more. Donato's is conveniently located on a quiet, residential corner, just down the block from the 52nd St. station of the 7 train. Come by for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch. Donato's can accommodate a group table of up to 20 people for a special occasion and can offer expert catering off premises. With top notch Italian cuisine, a friendly atmosphere and great service, visit Donato's soon. Don't forget the premiere of live music on Thursday, April 17.