Inspired by a European vacation, here's a restaurant as big as Beverly D'Angelo, or even just D'Angelo: Princi Italia, a bright, mostly naturally lit space designed by Jones Baker Architects (Meddlesome Moth, Meso Maya) as a modern take on a farmhouse spied by Sfuzzi's Patrick Colombo on family trip to Tuscany -- a look completed with wooden chandeliers, wood-beamed vaulted ceilings, a kitchen fronted by a limestone facade, and a wall of wine, the Whining Wall being where the Real Housewives of Jerusalem kvetch about the other Real Housewives of Jerusalem.
The menu kicks off with roasted mussels in tomato, basil & fennel broth, fig & Gorgonzola bruschette, and, with chicken meatballs, pastina, and gremolata, "Italian wedding soup", which you'll slurp so much of, people will think you've had Greek wedding soup. Mains include pizzas (from prosciutto to Chanterelle 'shroom) and pastas (orecchiette w/ housemade fennel sausage; fusilli lunghi gamberoni w/ jumbo prawns, tomato, garlic, capers, chiles, white wine), alongside dishes like the prosciutto- & fontina-topped veal saltimbocca, and a grilled petite tender actually served with fava beans and a nice Chianti (BYO census taker).
The comprehensive wine list features roses like Bastianich Refosco (from Venezia-Giulia), reds such as Trentino's Barone Fini Merlot, and whites including Umbria's Sportoletti Assisi -- over-consume that, and you'll become a big, dumb D'Animal.
Published: September 12, 2011 at 4:00am EDT
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