Casa Limone: A Slice of Southern Italy in Midtown Manhattan

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Casa Limone celebrates Southern Italy at every corner. This haute New York City restaurant is located in Midtown, steps away from Rockefeller Center. Trust us when we say this: The design is unique, and you won’t find any space like it in the Big Apple.

A restored antique lemon-yellow Vespa and Pietra Lavica-tiled wall greets guests at first entrance—I mean, how about that for an Italian introduction?

The first floor sports a 17-seat white marble bar with royal blue velvet bar seats and high-top tables. Head further back, and it feels even more intimate: orange velvet chairs, a forest green banquet, and a floral-like lattice that allows diners a peek into the kitchen do the job.

Walk up to the second floor, and your jaw will drop—the cause, a pergola with interweaving vines and hanging flowers against a stone wall with window shutters; the aesthetic is undeniably redolent of an Italian village. Up here, mustard yellow and orange velvet chairs warm up the space, while royal blue and forest green banquettes set the tone for an energetic and joyful dining experience. Towards the back of the upper level, there is a golden mosaic pizza oven with a blue glazed subway tile backdrop designed to reflect Mediterranean haunts. The walls flaunt mirrored displays filled with colorful bottles of limoncello and handmade, meticulously painted colorful ceramic plates.

“La Dolce Vita” is infused in each plate here, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner—you can thank Michelin-starred Chef Antonio Salvatore. He makes his North American debut here after years at renowned Monaco restaurant, Rampoldi. Treat your taste buds to mouthwatering Italian dishes: The Burrata Pugliese offers the perfect amount of tomato and basil; the Timballo alla Trapanese features oven-baked annelli pasta with eggplant, salami, mozzarella, peas, and tomato sauce; and lastly, for dessert, the Cannolo Siciliano delights all at first bite.

When it comes to the sipping scene, the Aperol Spritz and collection of Southern Italian wines are guaranteed to please.

So, all in all: La Dolce Vita, but make it New York?

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