1 at 66th St.-Lincoln Center; 1, 2, 3 at 72nd St.
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This venue is closed.
Named for a Venetian opera house, this charming eatery offers good-enough fare in a better-than-good location. The room’s easy charms—distressed walls in wheat and gold, dark-wood tables, and lavish flower displays—create a soothing setting for midday lunches or post-curtain suppers. (Check out the cozy nook where decorative plates have been signed by opera stars and the occasional oddball such as Sesame Street’s Big Bird.) Pastas such as lasagna Bolognese and rich house-special ravioli are subtly sauced; typical Northern and Southern Italian surf (pompano, scampi, with calamari on weekdays) and turf (lamb, chicken, veal, and beef) are served Old World-style, sans vegetable, pasta, or potato. There’s also a small, informal bar that feels more like a place to toss back a grappa than to people-watch over margaritas.Recommended Dishes
Ravioli “La Fenice,” $26; lasagna Bolognese, $26