Restaurateurs Simon Oren, Andrew Silverman and David Sasson have quietly replaced their French restaurant Maison at 1700 Broadway, with an Italian spot called Torino. The name comes from the birthplace of chef Carlo Bigi, who came to New York to work at Sant Ambroeus, and is currently still working at Il Principe in Soho. "We have two executive chefs — Carlo, who created the menu, and Miguel Guitierez'', explains a Torino employee. Maison's former chef, Mario Urgiles, hopped over to another Simon Oren project, the much-disputed Pavilion, back in the spring.
That menu includes starters of salumi, crudo and salads such as an insalata verde (green apple, kale, spinach, avocado, arugula, olives and pistachio); pizzas including one with smoked salmon, sour cream and roe mache salad; pastas like squid ink rigatoni with fava beans, sea urchin and peperoncino; and entrees including herb crusted organic pork chop with garlic puree, spinach and potato cake. Torino, which will serve breakfast and lunch daily, has 75 seats inside and 130 inside.
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