Giano Restaurant located in the East Village can only be described as ultra cool spot with truly authentic Italian dining. Based around the Roman deity Janus, The concept of two faces is an inspiration that represents the past and future of Italian cuisine from the double-sided menu to the exposed brick walls and chic lighting décor, patrons are enveloped in old-world charm meets sleek, contemporary NYC. Created by Chef Matteo Calciati, the concept derives from the name Giano–the guardian of doors and the watchman for the past and the future, he had two faces that he could use to keep an eye on both sides.
From the starters to the entrée, the cuisine combines fresh and seasonal ingredients. The classic calamari and green peas stew in a thick tomato sauce offers comfort on a chilly, winter day, while the modern eggplant tomatoes mozzarella and basil pastry, was light and fluffy. The main course was amazing with the “facing the past” Orata filet sautéed w/Porcicni mushrooms and thinly sliced potatoes or for red meat lovers, the beef Cheeks braised in red wine reduction from the classic side of the menu will melt in your mouth.
The homemade pastas, including the Gnudi and black linguini are fresh and taste unbelievable. Most of the wines are Italian, and available for under $40 a bottle. The atmosphere stays true to the energetic Village vibe and gets packed easily, so reservations are highly suggested. The staff is friendly and attentive and can answer all of your questions from the pastas to the desserts, which by the way are sinfully delicious
Whether you’re a classic or contemporary lover of Italian food, Giano has something for everyone, so stop in and tell them NUBIA sent you!