By Ann Grenier.
The renowned team behind Il Valentino have launched a more intimate eatery on the Upper East Side, with a new name to match: Il Valentino Osteria.
The original location of Il Valentino was in the Sutton Hotel, where the elegant spot was a frequent hangout for celebrities, business impresarios, and political figures, and was also utilized for United Nations diplomatic events. When the hotel decided to make a change in operations, Restauranteur Mirso Lekic sought to find a location close to the original, and has now found that in its new location, on the corner of 59th Street and 1st Avenue.
At this new location, Il Valentino Osteria’s Executive Consulting Chef, Erminio Conte, formerly Executive Chef of Serafina, and Sous Chef Lauro Sucuz, formerly of Petaluma and Elios, have worked together to craft a menu of delicious Tuscan delicacies that have generated acclaim from far and wide.
The restaurant’s intimate space was elegantly designed by Dan Sehic of C3D Architecture, who created a rustic-yet-modern, chic design for the space. The restaurant’s tabletops and chairs were crafted out of mango wood with contrasting metal chair legs, all of which were conceptualized by Franco Lucic of LMF Group. Along the walls lies a line of banquettes designed in leather with gold threading detail, accentuating the rich and rustic feel of the environment.
In the back of the main dining room sits the restaurant’s greatest gem—its brick oven. Visible from all corners of the space, each day the oven produces all breads and pizza crusts for signature dishes, including its truffle pizza with fresh black truffle, fontina cheese, ricotta, homemade fresh mozzarella, and truffle oil.
In addition to the fresh baked breads and pizzas, Chef Conte prepares handmade pasta with homemade sauces. Signature dishes include the Cavatelli al Porfumo, comprised of homemade pasta shells tossed with tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil; and the Pasta Nera con Gamberi e Asaparagi, which combines black tagliolini with shrimp, asparagus, and tomatoes. Along with the delectable pastas, the entrée dishes are equally enjoyable.
Diners have the option to feast on delicious dishes including the Salmone alla Griglia, a grilled salmon served with grilled vegetables, or the Petto d’Anatra Arosto, duck medallions, sweet potato puree, and apple gremolata, that will remind veteran diners of the original Il Valentino, and keep guests both old and new coming back for more.
Il Valentino Osteria is located at 1078 1st Avenue at 59th Street, and is open from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM Monday-Saturday and 10:00 AM- 10:00 PM Sundays.
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