Here, we come to Insieme, an Italian restaurant from Hearth owners Marco Canora and Paul Grieco (chef and sommelier, respectively). The venue opened last week in the Michelangelo hotel, just off Times Square. Shall we head to the official prose?
The Italian word for "together," Insieme features two menus, side-by-side, both Italian. The traditional menu offers classic Italian dishes and techniques deeply-rooted in history and Marco's family recipes, such as Fritto Misto Alla Romana (calf liver, sweetbreads, veal cutlet, veal tongue and asparagus breaded and fried) and Lasagna Verde Bolognese (spinach pasta with bchamel and meat ragu). The contemporary menu presents a modern take on Italian cuisine, with dishes such as Black Olive Fettuccine with Duck Ragu and Fiore di Sardo Cheese and Beef "in Brodo" (beef broth with Wagyu, asparagus, star anise and La Tur raviolini).The restaurant curiously leaves the words 'Times Square' off its website completely, and in fairness it is across the street from Le Bernardin, which makes it Midtown West eligible. In either case, it's instantly one of the best dining options in the neighborhood, which should help it get by until Bruni comes through with a couple of stars.