Written by Marilyn Hansen with M.J. Boyer
There is no prix fixe; everything is a la carte. The menu is designed with first courses, pasta courses, main courses and side dishes. For a first course, the fried calamari and shrimp with zucchini sticks served with a tomato and hot pepper sauce ($10.50) -- great! Another: roasted quail with pear and bacon farotto ($11.55). Farotto or faro is a unique grain; there is a farotto preparation of the day instead of a risotto. It's lighter; try it! In the pasta choices, try the hand-rolled pasta with veal sauce ($16.00) or pasta with garlic, olive oil, crushed red pepper and tomato sauce ($14.00). Entree selections include spicy Tuscan seafood stew with toasted garlic bread ($28.00) and house-made sausage with sauteed lentils and mashed potatoes ($19.00).
There is a complete bar and an in-depth wine list, especially of Italian wines.
For dessert, you can't beat the watermelon parfait ($7.50) or the ricotta ice cream cannoli fantasy ($7.50). After 8:00 p.m. there is a grand chocolate tasting plate, ample for four persons ($24.00), with a percentage of the price going to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids.
Hours: Coco Pazzo Teatro is open Monday-Saturday, 12:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m., Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Pergola Des Artistes French Restaurant, 252 West 46th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue, (212) 302-7500, has been family owned and operated in the same location since 1963. Marie and Jacques Ponsolle, from the town of Cominao, France, realized their dream; now, they continue with the help of their two sons, Christian and Laurent. By the way, Pergola means garden arch.
This is a cozy little place with a friendly bar and a true French dining room, complete with copper pots and murals showing varied French wine districts and their coats of arms.
There is a dinner table d'hote which includes appetizer or soup, salad, entree, dessert and coffee. The menu begins with a selection such as onion soup gratinee, sauteed chicken livers, garlic sausage in puff pastry or pate maison. Entrees determine the price of the complete dinner: beef bourguignonne ($18.95), coq au vin ($18.95), filet of sole meuniere ($20.95) and boneless duck a la Pergola ($22.95). Also available is a complete a la carte menu and well-priced French wine list. Wednesday and Saturday matinee special lunch is $9.95 with a glass of wine, served from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
For dessert, choose from the traditional French homemade pastry, pear Helene, caramel custard and mousse au chocolate.
Hours: Pergola Des Artiste is open Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.Closed Sunday and Monday.
51st & Broadway
Cité and Limoncello
The dollar sign indicates the approximate cost of dining for two persons, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity.