Torino Restaurant is a Welcome Addition to Midtown West

Torino Restaurant is a Welcome Addition to Midtown West

Some might say Midtown eateries are a dime a dozen; but, on a recent restaurant outing, I got a chance to dine at Torino Restaurant—a new kid to the neighborhood and definitely a standout from its many culinary neighbors.

The restaurant, which opened in late summer on Broadway at W. 53rd St., boasts modern Italian cuisine (think Rigatoni Al Nero, with squid ink rigatoni, fava beans, sea urchin and pepperoncino; Lasagna Di Melanzane; and Gnocchi Pomodoro), with everything made fresh, daily, onsite and served in a stylish setting—complete with an undulating set of shelves below the ceiling, lined with wine bottles that encircle the entire space, and a large vibrant painting of Italian icon Sophia Loren beside the bar. Marseille and Barbounia restaurateur David Sasson’s latest offering features seating for 150 outdoors and 75 inside—highlighted by a curvaceous Carrara marble counter with seating for 15, the perfect place to watch Chef du Cuisine Lulu Gutierrez whip up mouthwatering fare from the open-hearth kitchen. Folks who opt to take a seat at the bar are also treated to complimentary Rosé champagne. 

Frank Sinatra tunes emanated from the sound system while I enjoyed a handful of delectable morsels from the menu, including flavorful crispy artichoke with garlic aioli; Prosciutto de Parma with pickled sweet veggies; hanger steak with sautéed broccoli rabe, soft polenta and pepperoncino; and bowls of creamy tiramisu and panna cotta—sure to satisfy any sweet tooth cravings.

A hop, skip and a jump from the Theater District and NYC’s many retailers, this is also an ideal spot to grab a prix fixe lunch or dinner before or after a show or as a break from holiday shopping. For more info, click here. 


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