Italienne, the new French-Italian restaurant from a Colorado fine dining alum, is now soft open with both a dining room dedicated to tasting menus, and a more casual space with an a la carte small plates menu. Chef Jared Sippel, who used to work at the two Michelin-starred Quince in SF and critical darling Frasca in Boulder, originally moved to New York to helm the kitchen of Brooklyn Fare’s Manhattan location. It never happened, and instead, Sippel teamed up with James King to open Italienne at 19 West 24th Street.
At the restaurant, Sippel takes inspiration from Southern France and Northern Italy. A more casual front room, called the taverna, is intended to be a neighborhood restaurant. It offers a selection of cheeses and charcuterie and dishes like trumpet mushrooms with tarragon butter and roast meat-stuffed pasta with pancetta and sage. The back dining room will offer a more formal experience, serving just a $98 prix fixe menu. The opening menu includes options like a Spanish octopus with cauliflower, clementine, pistachio, and wild arugula, and a sliced duck dish with foie gras, farro verde, fennel mostarda, and huckleberry jus. Italienne also pays particular mind to dessert. Pastry chef Rebecca Isbell will be working from a counter in the back dining room, putting pastry on display during meals.
It’s the team’s first project in New York City, and one they tried to make feel as much like a European home as possible. The taverna’s taking walk-ins now, and the whole restaurant officially opens on Friday. Take a look at the space and menus below.