Alto at Ace Hotel will be on fire this summer! It already is judging by the amount of people enjoying the sunny rooftop pool already this year before summertime officially begins. Alto is not going to serve up the same offerings to hungry swimmers, however, and the new, bold menu items are a hot ticket.
James Beard Award-nominated Chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman (creators of the amazing cookbook Collards & Carbonara: Southern Cooking, Italian Roots) presented an array of cabana cuisine at the Summer Preview Party. These foods are summer classics, but they feature elevated flavors. Pizzas are a must, and you can select between the Quattro Fromaggi Pizza with fontina, mozzarella, taleggio, and parmesan cheese with a roasted garlic puree, a Calabrese Pizza with mozzarella, Finocchiona salami, and hot Calabrian chili oil, or a classic, flavorful Margherita Pizza.
No pool party is complete without wings! Alto's Chicken Wings are slathered in Calabrian chiles, a little bit of lemon juice, and lovely smoked honey.
Beyond hot, savory pizza and wings, two dishes are designed to cool you down. The Lettuce Wraps include shrimp, peanuts, crunchy radish, and panna gratta breadcrumbs. The Tuna Tartare with serrano peppers, radish, cilantro, and corn sits atop delicate Carta di Musica crackers and is covered with green goddess dressing.
All of this tasty fare is best chased by a frozen cocktail that will keep you cool despite any heat. The offerings may change, but we had the choice of Frozen Sangria and The Endless Summer for this day.