Situated in the heart of the city, Nova Joya is an Italian restaurant for the
contemporary Tel Aviv dweller. A recent addition to the trendy Cinematheque, the
interior is much like the restaurant itself – classy, warm and Italian style,
yet modern. A bar functions as the centerpiece of a restaurant, and customers
can either sit there for a quick drink or at one of the surrounding tables,
inside or outside, for a sit-down dinner meal. Given the choice, I would always
go for the latter.
The food here is not to be missed.
opened with some fantastic starters. The crispy focaccia was well seasoned with
sea salt, fresh oregano, olive oil and garlic – perfect for dipping into the
accompanying olive oil and balsamic vinegar. We also opted for the arrancini –
Sicilian risotto balls filled with pecorino, chili, fresh mint and Parmesan; and
the bruschetta al tartufo – slices of bread toasted in a wood-fired oven, black
truffle puree, creme di parmigiano, rocket, hardboiled egg and olive oil. Both
were equally delicious.
The portions were huge. I was full by this point,
but we still had our main courses to go. First up was pizza tartufo with
mascarpone, black truffle puree, mozzarella, mushrooms, parsley and
The pizza was what I had been waiting for – and it didn’t
disappoint. It had a perfect base, a good ratio of tomato sauce to cheese and
topping, and it was delicious. This was followed by filet of salt-water fish
cooked en papillote in a wood-fired oven, portobello mushrooms, parsley,
champignons and truffle oil. The combination of fish and mushrooms formed a
perfectly balanced combo. The seared fish was expertly cooked to a very pleasing
texture – flaky, firm yet yielding. And just when we though it couldn’t get any
better, we were presented with chestnut tortellini served on creamed Jerusalem
artichoke and Parmesan. It was deliciously sweet and creamy, exactly as our
knowledgeable and friendly waiter had described. This was my favorite dish by
We ordered hot drinks and took another breather.
When dessert was
brought out, I wanted to politely decline. It looked fabulous, but I didn’t want
anything to interfere with the myriad of flavors I had just
I was highly impressed with Nova Joya. The service was
fantastic – the staff are incredibly fast, helpful and patient (one in
particular translated the whole menu for us and then helped us choose the best
dishes to try). I recommend it to everyone who loves food – Italian or not. It
also serves as a destination for a thoroughly enjoyable night out in Tel Aviv.
I’m already planning my next trip.The writer was a guest of the
restaurant.Nova Joya Not kosher 2 Sprinzak Street, Tel Aviv (03)
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