How Does Faustina Measure Up?

Scarpetta makes the best spaghetti and sauce that I have ever had in my entire life. It is the only thing on the menu that I say everyone has to try and if they are going to Scarpetta, to stay away from any of the meat entrees as they can be quite disappointing. Because I am quite smitten with Scarpetta’s pasta, I knew that I had to try Faustina. Faustina is another restaurant by Scott Conant of Scarpetta and I was hoping to be blown away, even if it was just because of one dish. Keyword here is hoping.

I started off with a cocktail because I love caipirinhas and they had a strawberry one on the menu. Wow, it really sucked. It was so watery and so hard to taste any decent flavor in it that I was sad that I had to pay for it. Want to see how the food faired?

Grilled Ciabatta poached duck egg & fonduta: Amazing. A simple idea and so delicious. Warm, grilled ciabatta bread dipped in melted cheese and a beautifully poached egg. My stomach is grumbling right now.

Strozzapreti and suckling pig ragu: I had never had strozzapreti pasta before so I had the need to try it. Fun fact, strozzapreti means “priest choker” or “priest strangler.” The pasta I did not like at all. It was rolled out thin and harder than al dente, so basically, it wasn’t cooked right. However, the suckling pig ragu was tasty, savory and has beautiful pieces of crunchy pig skin mixed in.

Fregola with grain mustard and pork belly: Something else that I had never had before. Fregola is made from semolina wheat and is very similar to couscous. The entire dish reminded me of a pasta or Italian version of pork and beans. It was sweet, had a nice pop from the mustard grains, but not a dish I need to order again after tasting it. The pork belly didn’t really have any fat, the meat was quite lean, which was a slight downer. I think maybe I took three bites and got tired of trying to like it.

Apple cake and apple tart dessert: So good! A moist mini apple cake is accompanied with a tasty apple tart. The duo is accented with caramel ice cream, apple gelee and sugar crisp. Wow, my mind is wandering thinking about how good that cake was. It was so hard to stop eating.

Final verdict: Food wise my meal had a spectacular start and end. Everything in between I wish I could forget. I would definitely recommend just going to Scarpetta and getting a yummy bowl of spaghetti instead.

6 out of 10

At the Cooper Square Hotel

25 Cooper Sq, New York NY10003 40.727938 -73.990973 (Btwn 5th & 6th St)

-Joyce Huang
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