Bocca di Bacco‘s newest location at 191 Seventh Avenue is beyond words. The restaurant has taken over the space once home to Il Bastardo, a restaurant known as one of New York’s iconic brunch spots. Bocca di Bacco has completely revamped the interior- hello exposed brick, wood beam ceilings with chandeliers and granite top bar, the menu- authentic fresh and healthy Italian cuisine paired with an extensive, and will still be hosting the famous brunch on weekends dubbed, Il Bastardo’s Brunch at Bocca di Bacco.
Since its opening in late March I have dined almost 3 times. The ambiance, service and close to everything location make it a great spot to meet with friends, clients or take out of town guests. I have yet to try something on the menu I haven’t wanted to order seconds of to bring home for later.
The head chef, Kristin Sollenne, not only runs her own blog (Kristin’s Table- Food, Culture & Lifestyle by Executive Chef Kristin Sollenne) full of health recipes and kitchen tips; but is also one of the judge’s on the Food Network’s show “Kitchen Casino”. She has centered the menu on modern Italian dishes infused with seasonality.
“I focus on rich, bold flavors using fresh herbs and seasonal produce, meat, poultry & seafood,” says Sollenne. “Simplicity makes an impact. More than anything, we want diners to come away feeling satisfied, full and content after a good, authentic Italian meal in the heart of New York City.”
After watching Kristin Sollenne prepare a seasonal Lobster Salad on Arise TV (watch it here) and telling viewers the flagship location on 7th Avenue has already seen its share of celebrity diners, ahem Justin Bieber. I immediately had a craving for some authentic Italian fare.
Last night I dropped in for dinner and the restaurant did not fail to meet expectations. The 7th Avenue location has a sprawling space for ample seating, no wonder Bocca di Bacco recently hosted Saturday Night Live’s after party, and as a frequent diner I have never encountered a wait list. As per usual everything was sublime! The service was above par has it has always been since my first visit and the food was delectable and fresh. The only tough decision I faced all night was narrowing down a wine, as the list contains over 300 all-Italian wine selections, and I wanted to leave still standing.
Wine aficionado’s here’s another perk on top of Bocca di Bacco’s comprehensive vino list: the restaurant is equipped with the Enomatic wine serving system. That’s Amore!
To make reservations or get more information on the restaurant click Bocca di Bacco.
(Top photo courtesy of Bocca di Bacco’s website: http://nycrg.com/boccadibacco7thave/about/)