Review by “Our Man on the Ground”

The day I visited Vico was uncharacteristic of Hudson in July – wet, cold, and dreary. It was, in fact, the perfect weather to burrow into this cozy Italian eatery on the corner of Warren and North 2nd Streets. With its warm primary color scheme and series of intimate dining rooms, Vico warms you up right as you walk in the door. The restaurant is at once homey and modern, quaint and quintessentially New York. The art on the walls, provided by a family friend, is a series of splashy abstracts that mirror the profusion of flowers on the outdoor terrace. Inspired by the time he spent cooking in Tuscany, Chef Ganem curates the menu like a country oste. The descriptions offer gentle suggestions of what to eat with what, and give a little history as to each dish’s provenance. His food is simple and emphatic, built on the backbone of local agriculture and faithful to the seasons. He starts me with a trio of handmade crostata, the star of which is a meaty tapenade dusted with Pecorino Romano. A delicate cucumber salad is enlivened by cured black olives and watermelon enliven the otherwise delicate cucumber salad, sharpening the influence

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Get Out of Town: Hudson (Serious Eats New York)

New York is great and all, but every now and then we need a little getaway. The Hudson River Valley presents us with many opportunities to enjoy nature, culture and great food as well, as many well trained and experienced chefs choose to settle in the region to benefit from and support local agriculture. If you don’t have a car and don’t want to rent one, Hudson, two hours north of the city by train, is a great day or weekend trip destination for food-loving New Yorkers. Whether you are looking for comfort food or sophisticated fare, Hudson’s restaurants have something for everyone. The trip up river is easy and beautiful: take the Amtrak to Hudson, sitting on the left side of the train for the best views. Hudson’s train station is within walking distance from the town’s main street (Warren Street) and walking around is easy; there are many art galleries and many more antique shops that are very much like galleries themselves. Michael’s cheese stand at the Hudson Farmers’ Market [Photos: Aya Tanaka] If you go on a Saturday during the summer, the first stop should be the Hudson Farmers’ Market, from 9 to 1pm at the corner

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Viva Italia!

Among the culinary pearls that ornament antiques-laden Warren Street in downtown Hudson, two-year-old Vico Restaurant & Bar shines on several counts. It is a sincere and genial spot, always eager to please, and with a chef who turns out honest, regional Italian fare employing the best of the Valley’s provender. –Hudson Valley Magazine read more

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From Harvard to Hudson, via Tuscany

Vico has already made a name for itself with customers for its inventive take on the cuisine of northern Italy’s Tuscany region as well as its relaxed atmosphere, which includes a deck and garden. –Hudson Register-Star read more

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Big Beef

Tuscan-inspired dining, the legacy of chef-owner Mark Ganem’s time in Italy. The result: items like fettuccine Botticelli, topped with a cream sauce, porcini mushrooms, asparagus and edible flowers, so it really does look like a work of art. Other items in the changing menu could include grilled rosemary-crusted lamb and preparations of tuna, chicken and duck. Warm ambiance, two working fireplaces, excellent pasta and a killer bistecca Fiorentina. –Metroland read more

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