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Remi 1 Italian Midtown West Theater District

Years ago, when Remi first opened, I made it a point to eat here whenever I had the opportunity. The pasta was outstanding and I loved the ambiance - romantic, yet playful. Over the years, I can personally attest to the high standard of the food, service and decor that has been consistently maintained. In English, Remi translates to "oars of a boat," and the Venetian theme is carried throughout the restaurant. From the mural in the center of the Grand Canal Room, to the private dining area aptly named, The Rialto Room, to the small light fixtures and chandeliers made from Murano glass, homage is paid to this majestic Italian city.

The original owners for its first twenty-five years, Adam D. Tihany, who made his name in restaurant design, and Francesco Antonucci, who had been a chef in Venice, came together to launch a breathtaking restaurant that has sustained its reputation and its beautiful decor three and half decades later. The menu's primary focus is on classic Venetian dishes with some personal standouts being the artichokes roasted in garlic, olives and sprinkled with parmesan cheese, and the ravioli filled with roasted pumpkin in parmesan cheese and sage sauce. For others, it is the pounded and breaded veal chop - a concept taken from Austria - and the homemade tubular pasta served in a tomato, lobster reduction sauce that takes center stage. As the manager I spoke with noted while describing the menu, "we simply add our own personality to each dish giving everything we serve an Italian kick."

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After having successfully occupied the space at 33 West since 2001 - now home to his restaurant, Mozzarella & Vino - twelve years later, owner Gianfranco Sorrentino had a new vision for Il Gattopardo. The restaurant's current location features two dining rooms, two full bars and a larger kitchen for Chef Vito Gnazzo to create his magic. Early on a weekday afternoon, when the Manhattan Sideways team stopped in to meet the charming Mr. Sorrentino, the upstairs dining room was already filling up with elegant business people having quiet conversation. After spending a few minutes observing the perfectly timed flow of the restaurant, we were led downstairs to another room, which unexpectedly opened up into a back seating area with soaring ceilings and skylights. Upon each table was a slender pink calla lily that Mr. Sorrentino proudly told us was the personal touch of his wife, Paula. He went on to say that she works as a graphic designer, but also personally oversees the layout and decor of each of their three restaurants. As at Mozzarella & Vino, the food was incredible. However, the two restaurants diverge somewhat in their menus' focus. While Mozzarella & Vino puts its emphasis on appetizers and more simple plates, Il Gattopardo specializes in a more traditional Italian meal. Accordingly, we were encouraged to sample their lobster pasta, mussels marinated in a white wine broth, and eggplant parmesan. On our way out, as I thanked Chef Vito for the delicious food, l had one last chat with Mr. Sorrentino. My favorite line that he shared with me was that in addition to running three of his own restaurants in the city - the third being The Leopard at Des Artistes - he knows the owners of almost all of New York's Italian restaurants. And feeling well acquainted with the incredible quality and diversity of Italian cuisine here, he was prepared to make the bold statement: "The best Italian restaurants are in New York, not in Italy. "

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