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Power of Three: Italian-American Restaurant Carbone Opens in the VillageThe Torrisi Team Is At It Again, Serving Up Classic Italian-American Dishes At Carbone
Tired of tasting menus with “no substitutions” allowed? Carbone—the latest Italian-American restaurant from renowned team Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick of Nolita’s Torrisi Italian Specialities and Parm fame—tosses all rules out the window at this new 72-seat Greenwich Village spot, housed in acclaimed Rocco Restaurant’s former space. In fact, the goal here is to provide patrons with a truly customized dining experience, and each server is trained to discuss and curate a meal that specifically appeals to your personal tastes.
To gain inspiration for Carbone’s menu, the trio dined their way through a five-borough tour, scoured menu archives at the New York Public Library and spent a year experimenting how to put their own spin on classic dishes. The result? A large menu featuring traditional appetizers including aged beef carpaccio and caesar salad, along with pasta, seafood and meat entrees like linguine with clams (featuring three different types of clams), shrimp carbonara, lobster fra diavolo, and chicken scarpariello, all served “as you like it” with your choice of sauce.
Like everything this team gets their hands on, the restaurant was designed with a thorough attention to detail, invoking nostalgia of a late 1950s-era Italian American restaurant, complete with deep sea blue walls, brick and wood interior, brown leather banquettes, large sepia-tone paintings, and a black-and-white tiled floor straight out of a scene from The Godfather. The waitstaff’s vintage-style vest and tuxedo uniforms, designed by Zac Posen, complete the atmosphere’s throwback feel.
Later this spring, the group is set to open The Lobster Club just a few blocks down, serving club sandwiches during the day and more upscale seafood offerings and cocktails at night. For this growing empire, the future is definitely looking bright.—CASSIE KREITNER
Carbone | 181 Thompson St. (between Bleecker St. and W. Houston St.) | 212-254-3000