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Fontana di Trevi
Nearby Subway Stops
N, Q, R at 57th St.-Seventh Ave.
American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
- Business Lunch
- Classic NY
- Dine at the Bar
- Good for Groups
- Full Bar
47th St. to 67th St., Central Park West to Columbus Ave.
This venue is closed.
Fontana di Trevi opened across the street from Carnegie Hall in 1956 and entered rock & roll immortality in 1977 when it inspired Billy Joel to pen "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant." This "old familiar place," with its unchanging beige stucco walls, antique brass lamps, and elaborately framed Roman street scenes, reassures generations of loyal patrons, including neighborhood folk, concertgoers, and tourists. The Mei family, which owns the restaurant, is no newcomer to food; they bring 400 years of culinary experience from Rome. Appetizers span the classics: prosciutto and melon, baked clams oreganata, and sprightly salads like the mild Caesar prepared tableside with great fanfare. Soups—minestrone di verdure and stracciatella with egg and cheese—invoke the restaurant’s Roman roots. About a dozen pastas, such as homemade ravioli ai funghi, ziti Siciliana, and a lasagna verde of layered spinach pasta, béchamel and Bolognese sauce—a Roman specialty—fulfill the farinaceous yen. Mains focus on chicken and veal sautéed in lemon, wine, garlic and rosemary, as well as an on-the-bone veal chop pounded into sweet submission, breaded and fried in butter and oil and topped with peppery chopped arugula and sweet tomatoes. No wonder the Piano Man sang.Extra
The restaurant accommodates children by offering half-portions. And if you don't see your favorite Italian dish listed on the menu, the kitchen will try to satisfy your request.Recommended Dishes
Insalata cesare, $8.50; branzino oreganata, $22.75; costata di vitello alla capricciosa, $24.50
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