Best new out-of-town import: Missy Robbins, A Voce



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You might bristle at a Chicago dog and won't embrace the deep-dish pizza, but one Midwest import scored your approval: chef Missy Robbins, who took the helm at A Voce this year. Her first-rate pastas (try the ricotta-stuffed quadrati) and delicate treatment of ingredients (simply roasted, spectacularly meaty trumpet mushrooms) have shown us that urban allegiances have no place at the table. A Voce 41 Madison Ave, entrance on 26th St between Madison Ave and Park Ave South (212-545-8555)

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