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Italiano Nuovo

January 19, 2016
Best New Italian Restaurants

OK, so you’ve made your New Year’s resolution for a gluten-free January, but everyone needs the odd cheat day… make that – weekend. Here are some of our favourite new Italian hotspots for a cheeky carbo-load.


At gleaming glass box Santina, the unstoppable Torrisi and Carbone team have forgone their signature Italian-American fare to transport diners to the Amalfi Coast via potted plants, Murano chandeliers and a pretty sailboat mural. Drawing inspiration from il mare, of course, the menu centres mostly around seafood – just add tropical ‘tails to complete that breezy, beachy Positano vibe.


More of a landlubber? Stay firmly in the Italian countryside at Mark Barak’s rustic, seasonal Flatiron trattoria La Pecora Bianca, reimagining traditional recipes with locally sourced ingredients, such as risotto, whole-baked fish and roast chicken. Should you decide to linger longer, the daytime standing espresso bar transforms into an aperitivo perch come nightfall.


If pizza is what your tum desires, pop into sleek minimalist-chic Bruno in the East Village, where stark white interiors ensure the focus stays firmly on the pie. Box Kite chefs Justin Slojkowski and Dave Gulino mill their own whole wheat flour and get creative with toppings – the classic margarita comes with fermented tomatoes, and the pepperoni with a drizzle of house ranch. Or, just opt for something altogether off-beat like lamb with soubise, coppa, fennel and tomatillo.


Over in the West Village, rustic gastroteca Via Carota pays tribute to the old-world Italian villa with reclaimed wood floors, vintage chapel chairs, and a terrific Tuscan menu – their delicious ‘naked Italian burger’ amounts to a hearty hand-chopped strip steak. Squisito!


Santina / 820 Washington St / MePa / +1 212 254 3000 / b’fast & lunch Mon-Fri, dinner daily, brunch Sat-Sun / book ahead /

La Pecora Bianca / St James Bldg / 1133 Broadway / Flatiron / +1 212 498 9696 / 8am-11pm Mon-Fri, 8.30am-10pm Sat-Sun, till 11pm Sat /

Bruno Pizza / 204 E 13th St / East Village / +1 212 598 3080 / 5.30pm-late daily / mostly walk-ins but res avail. /

Via Carota / 51 Grove St / West Village / no phone / no res / 11am-midnight daily /