By LISA M. NGUYEN
5704 Mosholu Ave
Beccofino displays as a rustic place with brick walls and checkered tablecloths, and even Christmas lights that hang from corner to corner. Seating is about no more than 40 and is intimate enough that everyone seems to see which one of their neighbors are going to step in. With friendly waitstaff where they feel horrible for telling you to come back, they manage to make room for my party of 4 on a busy night.
With a small space and a small menu, this Zagat rated restaurant puts out some large taste. Their goat cheese, arugula, and pear salad is a unique and fresh way to start an appetizer. They use warm, caramelized walnuts and dried cranberries, where this salad hits all of your taste buds. Beccofino also offers a wide selection of wines for a small restaurant. Even some bottled beers from local breweries in New York are added to their menu. Their drinks are affordable with beers ranging from $6 and up. You can order the wines by the glass or you can buy you and your date a bottle as well.
Forget about store bought dry pasta, and prepare to enjoy some fresh hand cut fettucine. The fettucine bolognese is a hearty sauce with some fresh pasta, taking only a few minutes to boil, coming out hot and something most people haven’t tasted yet. Beccofino brings out not your typical chicken parmigiana, but some amazing meals like mussels and tender calamari. And if you’re not into seafood, they have a variety of meats including veal and hanger steak, and of course chicken. And dare to try their desserts. Beccofino creates a hazelnut biscotto ice cream, large enough to share, but so delicious that everyone will want their own. They also serve up a very classic tiramisu, no gimmicks about it, made perfectly with fresh mascarpone cheese, espresso, and lady fingers.
The prices are affordable, the pastas are no more than $20, their sandwiches are about $12, and share a dessert because it’s plenty for less than $8.
There’s always a parking spot right outside on Mosholu Ave. And if you end up taking the subway, you can catch the 1 train right to the end, and it’s also within walking distance.