Presidential Pasta: The Obamas’ Italian Dinner Date in N.Y.C.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama continued their exploration of N.Y.C.’s restaurant scene on Friday with a pre-theater dinner at Maialino, Danny Meyer’s popular Roman-inspired trattoria inside the Gramercy Park Hotel.
Joined by friends including Valerie Jarrett and Ahmad Rashad, the first couple kicked off the weekend with an early supper before heading to the Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun, starring Denzel Washington, at the Barrymore Theatre.
On previous Big Apple excursions, the POTUS and FLOTUS have dined at hot spots like ABC Kitchen, Blue Hill and Red Rooster, which means the White House prepared them properly for what must have been a delicious meal.
With its rustic wooden tables, weathered wood floors, and bread and salumi stations, Maialino (which means “Little Pig”) feels festively Italian. While there’s no official word on what the group ordered, we hope they sampled the bucatini all’Amatriciana, fried artichokes, braised lamb with onions and olive oil cake.
Fittingly, both parties are all about fresh produce: The restaurant cooks with seasonal supplies from local farms, and the White House Kitchen Garden’s veggies are in full bloom for spring.
Let that inspire you to hit up the nearest farmer’s market and stock up on pecorino for cacio e pepe, fennel, celery and citrus for an insalata, or spinach and mushrooms to sauté with garlic and lemon.