A Voce: Great meal, great semifreddo

chocolate chip semifreddo dessert from A Voce

On a hot and sticky night it was nice to stay somewhat local and visit A Voce in the Time Warner Center.  We got a table near the windows and it had nice views of the tops of the trees (and buses) that surround Central Park.  The staff was extremely friendly as usual and all of our savory dishes were excellent – the grilled calamari is simply the best I have had anywhere. I have no idea how they make rubbery squid so tender (do they beat it with a mallet like Gallagher?)

The dessert:

Despite having already tackled two small pastries from Francois Chocolate Bar earlier in the day I decided to “take one for the team” and have another dessert at A Voce.  I’m glad I did.  The not-too-sweet, cool, chocolate chip semifreddo was perfect for a warm sultry night.  Semifreddo is basically a partly frozen mousse.  It’s cold like ice cream but much lighter and just as flavorful. The semifreddo contained nice dark chocolate chips and the dessert was set in a small pool of bitter orange preserve/syrup.  The syrup cut the sweetness nicely.  The finishing touch was a cocoa flavored pizzelle (waffle cookie).

Recommended: Chocolate chip semifreddo

Savory recommendation: Grilled calamari app and the Brussell sprouts side dish

A Voce’s Dessert menu is here.

A Voce has 2 locations: One in the Time Warner Center the other at 41 Madison Ave.