If you have big dreams to be transported to the time of, say, the Northern Italian Renaissance (or at least the amazing food of Northern Italy!), look no further than the Upper West Side’s gem Machiavelli. With special touches such as an epic painting of the “Battle of San Romano” that spans three of the restaurant’s walls for the decor and pasta rolled by hand the traditional Italian way for the food, this spot stands out over the countless Italian restaurants in NYC.
We went for brunch and enjoyed the lemon ricotta pancake with blueberry syrup and a bellini (me) and tuna tartare and the Frittata Casereccia, an open face Italian omelet with smoked mozzarella, pesto, and oven-dried tomatoes (my husband). The atmosphere was on point with musicians performing light jazz. We were told the musical talent comes from students from nearby Juilliard and Lincoln Center…along with brunch performances, you’ll also get nightly shows during dinner–with the occasional opera thrown in for good Italian measure. How cool is that?!
The New York Times quoted this spot as being like, “A museum for Italian food”, and we couldn’t agree more. Whether you’re an Upper West Sider searching for a solid go-to neighborhood spot or a downtowner looking for a fun (and delish!) Italian culinary experience, Machiavelli is your spot.
Details: Machiavelli is located at 519 Columbus Avenue, between 85th and 86th.. Live music during brunch and Sunday-Thursday 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 8 p.m.-midnight.