09 Aug Thrillist
Tucked away in Midtown East is this relaxed yet sophisticated Italian haunt inspired by the sensory experiences of Southern Italy, starting with the restored yellow Vespa that greets you outside the front door. A bi-level setup, there’s much to savor visually in this carefully appointed venue, from the Pietra Lavica-tiled walls with a white marble bar on the first floor and a shower of twisting vines and flowers alongside a stone wall and window shutters that call to mind the streets of Italy. Pops of color come from yellow and royal blue chairs and forest green banquettes. To further boost those Mediterranean vibes, there’s a golden mosaic pizza oven with a blue glazed subway tile backdrop.