Renowned Il Valentino is launching 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 of celebrities, business impresarios, political figures and utilized for UN events. When the hotel decided to make a change, Restauranteur Mirso Lekic plotted out to find a location that is close to the original, and found that in its new location, on the corner of 59th Street on 1st Avenue.
Lekic with the help of Dan Sehic of C3D Architecture, undertook a massive renovation of the space to make sure that the restaurant was a beautiful, casual place to enjoy that fused together traditional and modern design elements to create an elegant dining room. Each tabletop and each of the chairs designed by Franco Lucic of LMF Group are crafted from Mango Wood while the table and chair legs are a contrasting metal design. Along the walls is a line of banquettes designed in leather with gold threading detail accentuating the rich and rustic feel of the environment. The bar-top and window seating is an elongated wood table with metal barstools.
In this new location Il Valentino Osteria’s Executive Consulting Chef Erminio Conte, formerly the Executive Chef of Serafina, and Sous Chef Lauro Sucuz, formerly of Petaluma and Elios, are crafting a menu of delicious Tuscan delicacies the original was known for. In the back of the main dining room lies the restaurant’s greatest gem – its brick oven. Visible at all corners of the space, each day the restaurant freshly bakes all of its breads and pizzas for signature dishes including its signature Truffle Pizza with Fresh black truffle, fontina cheese, ricotta, homemade fresh mozzarella, truffle oil.
In addition to the fresh baked breads and pizzas, Executive Consulting Chef Erminio Conteprepares handmade pasta with homemade sauces ensuring that any dish made is perfectly fresh. Signature dishes including the Cavatelli al Porfumo with homemade pasta shells tossed with tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil or the Pasta Nera con Gamberi e Asaparagi with black tagliolini with shrimp, asparagus and tomatoes. Along with to delectable pastas, the entrée dishes are equally as enjoyable.
Diners have the option 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 you of the original Il Valentino, and keep you coming back for more.
Il Valentino Osteria is located at 1078 1st Avenue at 59th Street is from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM Monday-Saturday and 10:00 AM- 10:00 PM Sundays. For reservations or more information, please call 212- 784-0800 or visit www.ilvalentinonyc.com.