Old Blue Eyes is the theme here, with memorabilia (including an Oscar and a Grammy), giant pictures of Frank, and even a few of his favorite menu items (Ossobuco Milanese, clams Possilipo) to choose from. But this swank restaurant is so much more than its gimmick. The dining room is one of the most gorgeous in town, with giant windows facing a garden patio and plush, eclectic, vaguely retro furnishings encouraging the kind of laid-back dining experience that is rare in this rush-to-get-the-check town. Chef Theo Schoenegger was born and raised in Italy, gaining fame in the U.S. during his stint as the executive chef at Los Angeles-based Patina, and his short but satisfying selection of northern Italian dishes is bursting with fresh flavors. Start with the prosciutto appetizer, almost sweet with a fire-roasted pepper accompaniment, then move on to the agnolotti, a handmade ravioli pasta stuffed with ricotta cheese and drenched in a buttery asparagus sauce. Or go crazy with the lasagna made with beef, veal, and pork. Seafood and meat options include Maine lobster and a delicious, herb-crusted rack of lamb served with a pepper stuffed with ratatouille. Desserts are equally satisfying as is the exceptional cocktail and wine list. Allow the expert sommelier to pair the perfect glass of vino with whatever you are having.
- © Frommer's 2013
- Very Highly Recommended 2010