L’Amico is a fun, trendy, casual Italian restaurant on the new happening, hip block of 6th Avenue. The restaurant is situated just around the corner from Lupulo(read my previous review). The neighborhood, or I should say this block of 6th Avenue in the flower district is having its own mini renaissance. Just south of Herald Square Laurent Tourondel makes his mark with his new rustic Italian restaurant L’Amico
Laurent Tourondel has his own mini restaurant empire with the BLT franchise of seafood, steak, and burgers. His restaurants span the globe from New York, to Las Vegas, Hong Kong and Kazakstan. L’Amico is Tourondel’s latest venture in New York with an Italian menu. Having been raised in France, he was inspired to create a restaurant with an Italian menu, due to his Italian grandmother. Tourondel has fond memories of simple, home cooked suppers in the french countryside created by his Italian grandmother. Thus Tourondel has spent the last several years creating the menu for this new venture.
The menu at L’Amico is overall American with classic Italian dishes. L’Amico is located in the lobby of the new Eventi Hotel. The decor is casual, yet trendy with a cozy rustic vibe. The restaurant has floor to ceiling windows and beautifully reclaimed wood-paneled walls and floors. The graphic tile flooring gives this rustic restaurant a modern flair. Upon entering, the first thing you notice is the large expansive open kitchen with two large copper wood burning ovens. The kitchen being so large you feel like you are eating alongside the chefs in the kitchen.
The diverse menu consists of crostinis, salads, pizzas, seafood and meats. This is a classic restaurant to try if you are in the mood for basic Italian fare; salads, pizzas and pastas. The menu is created by Tourondel and his chef de cuisine Amy Eubanks. A must try, is the white mushroom truffle pizza with Fontina and Taleggio cheeses. Tourondel, though being a Frenchman, makes a perfect classic Neapolitan Pizza. He has spent the last five years perfecting the dough. The pizzas are fired up in traditional copper wood burning ovens. With a soft delicate crust that is charred on the outer edges, the pizza just melts in your mouth. There are four delicious varieties of toppings on the menu.
L’Amico is a casual yet fun restaurant that will be sure to please. Venture out to this newly revived block in town for delicious pastas, pizzas and salads.