Mon-Fri, noon-3pm and 5pm-11pm; Sat-Sun, 5pm-11pm
F at 57th St.; N, Q, R, W at 57th St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
46th St. to 65th St., Ninth Ave. to Third Ave.
Nestled behind the towering hotels of Central Park South, Nino's Tuscany provides a cozy, welcoming haven and unfussy, well-executed cooking from its namesake central Italian region. Part of Nino Selimaj's mini-empire of eateries, this spot attracts neighborhood denizens, tourists, and Carnegie Hall aficionados. Pastel-hued murals of the idyllic Tuscan countryside, brickwork, and softly-lit elongated sconces set a pleasant mood that's enlivened in the evenings by the sprightly piano playing of irrepressible nonagenarian, Irving Fields; fans sit at the bar to sip wine and hear their requests. Chef Jesus Salgero charms with starters like gnudi al burro e salvia, enticing and rich little mounds of ricotta, spinach, and Swiss chard served in a pool of melted butter with crisp-fried sage leaves. Mains are first-rate: the Cornish hen, marinated overnight in rosemary, garlic, and white wine, is flattened and oven-roasted until golden and juicy; a lovely veal shank is slow-braised with lemon, parsley, and garlic until fork tender. From the menu to the music, there's nothing newfangled here, just the classics.Prix-Fixe
Three-course lunch, $24.07; three-course dinner, $35
The piano stylings of Irving Fields, Tue.—Sun., 7 p.m.—10 p.m.
Galletto al mattone, $21; osso buco, $36