Recently Opened Restaurants

by Julie Besonen, 09/23/2015

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  • La Pecora Bianca 
    1133 Broadway, 212-498-9696, Flatiron District, Manhattan
    A meal for one soars into the triple digits at Massimo Bottura's three-Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, but to experience exciting and authentic Italian dishes from one of his former sous chefs, Simone Bonelli, it's a fraction of the cost. At La Pecora Bianca in the Flatiron District, the Modena-born Bonelli sources raw materials locally, deftly pairing charred ripe peaches with sheep's milk ricotta, hazelnuts and candied lemon zest. They're out of this world, as are salt-baked sweet Vidalia onions with Parmigiano-Reggiano, sage and balsamic vinegar. Pastas are house-made, and meat and fish come from small, sustainable purveyors. The high-ceilinged corner space is outfitted with an open kitchen, hand-painted wall tiles, marble, copper pots and lots of flowering plants. The bar is a nice place to pop in for an aperitivo—an Aperol spritz and a rosé are on tap—from 5pm to 7pm, when drinks come with bites of mortadella, cheese and a pickle or slice of fennel.

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