Croatian-Owned Trio Gets Rave Reviews
The October 23, 2003 issue of Time Out New York Magazine has a cover story concerning "Cheap Eats" in New York City. One section of the coverage is entitled "Free Munch - Don't Settle for Peanuts" and lists great places to go to get free bar food while having a drink. The article provides a list of restaurants "in meal order," I.e., starting with appetizers and ending with dessert.
Trio is mentioned twice, as a place to get a "main course" and "dessert!" Trio is owned by the Ivanac family from Brela, Croatia. John Ivanac and his sister Maria also own Villa Berulia located on 34th Street between Lexington and Park Avenues.
"MAIN COURSE - Trio (167 East 33rd Street between Lexington and Third Avenues, 212-685-1001). Serves small-plate dishes starting at 5 pm nightly. They vary according to what the chef feels like sending out, but might include tender Croatian meatballs in marinara sauce, pizza wedges, crisp potato dumplings with crème traiche, freshly basked foccacia with Dalmatian Coast olive oil, or tomato-basil-mozzarella bruschetta. Consider making this a two drink stop.
DESSERT - Make that three drinks at Trio. The bar also serves great homemade cranberry-almond biscotti. And if you actually break down and dine here, you'll get free fruit-infused grappa at the end of your meal."