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“Wonderful find”
Review of Eolo Seasonal Sicilian Kitchen - CLOSED

Eolo Seasonal Sicilian Kitchen
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$14 - US$50
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Chelsea
Cross street: W 21st Street
Transit: Take the 1 train to 23rd and 7th Avenue
Description: Enjoy a meal at Bar Eolo and experience our chef's love letter to the region of Sicily. At Bar Eolo: Sicilian Kitchen & Wines, food is thought to be a source of great pleasure as well as an insight into the culture and history of Sicily. Over the millennia, Sicily has been a cultural crossroads, inhabited by the Greeks, Phoenicians, Arabs, Romans, Jews, Normans, Bourbons and beyond. Sicily has kept several elements of these cultures and incorporated them into its own. In a warm and relaxed setting, Bar Eolo serves Sicilian-inspired contemporary fare and offers an award-winning selection of Sicilian wines. Our menus change seasonally and feature typical Sicilian delicacies as well as organic ingredients from local farms. According to Homer, Eolo-Italian for Greek mythology's Aeolus, ruler of the wind- lived on the volcanic Aeolian islands off the north coast of Sicily and was a favorite among the Greek gods. He gave Odysseus a wine bag filled with wind to speed his historic voyage home. Nearly there, Odysseus's curious crew opened the bag, the winds escaped and their ship was pulled back to the Sicilian archipelago. From the chef proprietress: When I think about Sicily, my sensory memories of childhood summers come flooding back: the heat of scorching sun, the view of shooting stars in August, the taste of salt when swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, and the scent of the wind, which delivered the hot scirocco breeze from Africa in the desert-like summers. The air carried warm aromas of bread baking at the nearby panificio, dried shrubs burning to fertilize the soil and garlic and herbs from my neighbors' kitchens. All of these smells arrived at my balcony window thanks to my imaginary friend, Eolo. ~Melissa
London, United Kingdom
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175 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Wonderful find”
Reviewed 13 April 2014 via mobile

Let me be absolutely clear. If you are expecting American Italian with huge portions of mass produced pasta you are going to be disappointed. If you expect cheap American Italian wine at 6 bucks a glass you are going to be disappointed. And it seems that some of the reviewers here expect just that. Hence the two star reviews. However, this is a destination restaurant as evidenced by the numbers eating there and lingering over coffee and drinks. That is not the behaviour of disgruntled clientele but of satisfied customers.

First, this is not Italian it is Sicilian. For the geographically challenged, Sicily is an island off the coast of Italy. The food is distinctly different as explained on their promo card. One if the key influences was immediately apparent in the bread and olive oil where the oil was flavoured with Zatar- an Eastern Mediterranean flavouring.

From the appetisers we tried, the bruschetta with ricotta stood out as well as the fennel flavoured salami. Salt cod croquettes were also well seasoned and tasty.

The main course beef ragu was superb as was the ravioli with sausage. The portions are not huge by usual American standards - but do we really need to doggy bag everything ?

We had two outstanding desserts - the doughnuts filled with ricotta served with a warm chocolate sauce - as light and fresh as could be - and a chocolate soufflé. Both excellent.

The Sicilian wines were very good - a rich Pinot Grigio particularly pleasant - and we indulged in a grappa and dessert wine as a fitting end to a superb meal.

The owner Melissa was there that night and apologised for a delay in serving our main course as they were two staff short. This is someone with a passion for the food and with a vision of what she wants us to experience.

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New York City, New York
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“Still delivering updated Sicilian haute cuisine!”
Reviewed 10 April 2014

The menu keeps getting refreshed with new and innovative dishes, all based on the Monsour style of Sicilian cuisine.

I think whatever dish you select will be on target!

The wine list is a little pricey so choose carefully.

  • Visited April 2014
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Tennessee
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“The Italian You Wanted”
Reviewed 31 March 2014

Seventh in the mid-20's may now leap to mind as a destination for Italian which does not depend on tomato paste to get the job done. The wine list contains some unexpected treats from Italy, and the menu is seasonal and utterly delightful. Grab some small bites and a Montepulciano and let the evening develop ... you will certainly be pleased.

  • Visited March 2014
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“Completely overpriced for what was served-we were taken!”
Reviewed 2 March 2014

Two couples had dinner on a Friday night. Restaurant was packed - our reservation honored with slight delay. Tables packed in like sardines; noise level of Grand Central Station @ rush hour. Service pleasant + professional. "Restaurant Week" menu 38 bucks included 3 courses. Many items on menu included upcharge of 6+ dollars. Appetizers ok; pasta main dishes ridiculouly small. The bucatini with cream/cauliflower sauce clearly prepared long before it was served to us. Raviloi dish comprised of 4 tiny ravs in a large bowl. Canoli dessert very poor; ricotta balls good. Wine good but overpriced. No reason to ever go back to this restaurant.

  • Visited February 2014
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NYC
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“Excellent Sicilian food.”
Reviewed 25 February 2014

The service was slow, but the place was crowded, the food was fantastic. We were there during Restaurant week. We didn't order from that menu, but from the regular menu. We plan on going back after the Restaurant week promo is over to try to enjoy the ambiance.

Visited February 2014
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