L’asso Hires Chef Daniel Riviera to Expand Menu

Photo: Hatti Lim

Not content with merely being named the best pizza in Lower Manhattan by the 5 Boro Pizza Tour, Lasso has installed a head chef, Daniel Riviera, in its basement kitchen with the aim of introducing a menu that goes beyond pies and pasta. Riviera who is Puerto Rican has been bumping around kitchens in New York and New Jersey since graduating from the New York Art Institute with a degree in culinary arts. A month into his tenure, hes added one dish to the dinner menu: a skirt steak marinated in primitivo, then grilled and topped with a chimichurri sauce. For $15, its served with an arugula salad of shaved Parmesan and aged balsamic. By December, therell be five more entres, including a fish dish and a linguine with littleneck clams, as well as an expanded brunch menu. Lasso isnt really hurting for customers, but this should help it hold its own against a trio of ambitious newcomers in its immediate vicinity the Mott, Civetta, and Travertine.