Midtown: Reps for the restaurant reveal that star chef Marco Canora and his oenophile partner in crime Paul Grieco are leaving their Midtown restaurant Insieme at the end of the month to focus on their East Village sister restaurant/wine bar Hearth and Terroir. While Insieme has won its fair share of accolades over its two year lifespan, a fair assumption is that the contract with the hotel Michelangelo—they are operating partners, not owners—is up. And without three-plus stars, there's no reason to stay in the armpit of NYC. It's a bad location, a fairly awkward space, and it's not that much of a shocker that the two are bailing for the rest of the empire. To Insieme fans out there, do not fret. Chef Bryan Hunt is staying on. See the full release below:
In 2007, Marco Canora and Paul Grieco opened Insieme in the theater district’s Michelangelo Hotel, earning the restaurant one Michelin star and a glowing two-star review from The New York Times. With Insieme’s solid foundation established, Canora and Grieco are moving on as of October 1 to focus on their first restaurant, Hearth, and their expanding wine bar, Terroir.· Week in Reviews: Deuce for Insieme [~E~]
Ensuring a smooth transition, chef de cuisine Bryan Hunt continues to lead the kitchen at Insieme, maintaining the restaurant’s high standards and strong traditions of outstanding food, wine and service in an elegant setting.
· Insieme [Official Site]