By Ava Stryker-Robbins
When you think of Upper West Side dishes that have stood the test of time, Gennaro’s Stinco di Agnello (lamb shank) immediately comes to mind. This savory and elegant lamb dish has been around for 26 years, and will surely continue to be served for many more.
It features lamb that is soft, tender, and beyond appetizing. Every taste I had was calming and delicious. The vast assortment of flavors was never overwhelming, only enticing. And the couscous beneath was fluffy, light, and served as the perfect complement to the lamb. After finishing this dish, I was able to thoroughly enjoy the tasty bits of marrow that rested inside of the lamb shank.
According to the restaurant’s owner and chef, Gennaro, this dish is “very tricky to cook.” It is crafted with red wine, and vegetables, and takes three and a half hours. Gennaro states that “It is a very hearty dish. It has a lot of flavors because it has a lot of spices.” He goes on to say that the Stinco di Agnello is definitely one of his favorite dishes that he serves, and that it was inspired by “different flavors from different experiences.” It was the restaurant’s first dish.
Gennaro is a local Upper West Side Italian restaurant that opened 26 years ago. As Gennaro says, since they are still open “we have done something good so far.” The Stinco di Agnello costs $29.95 and is worth every penny. Note that Gennaro is cash only.
The Dish: Stinco di Agnello (Lamb Shank)
The Resturant: Gennaro (665 Amsterdam Ave at 93rd Street)