This is a superb little gem of a restaurant in the East Village. I had dinner there on Sunday evening and by Monday I was already thinking, "you know what sounds good? That pasta dish I had at Giano's".
Where to start? The service is impeccable and the server (who may very well be the owner) was personable, KNOWLEDGEABLE and very entertaining. The food was superb. I had the parmigiana di milanzane for the appetizer. The spices were perfectly balanced with just the right amount of cheese. For my main, I had the spinach and ricotta ravioli with butter and sage...this is truly a dish on which dreams are made. I would have NEVER thought of pairing sage with a pasta dish, but the result is heavenly. Paolo suggested a Lambrusco that is served cold -- GENIUS. A slight sparkle with the cold red makes it one of the most refreshing as well as delicious reds I have ever enjoyed.
And like so many others who has written about this restaurant, I think only a madman would leave Giano without having their tiramisu, which is very, VERY good. I wouldn't go so far as to say that it was the best I have ever had -- I would have liked a little more moisture on the bottom layer -- but definitely a wonderful complement to an insanely gorgeous dinner.
For two people with a bottle of wine, two appetizers, two mains, dessert and espresso and TIP, it came to $140.00, making it one of the best values I had in New York. When I return to the city, I will definitely head back To Giano.
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