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The flashing neon and colorful awnings on the south side of 56th Street make it unfortunately easy to overlook the sedate Vago on the north side of the street. This dependable Northern Italian restaurant is a staple for Midtown business lunches. Once inside, the vibe is discreet, traditional, comfortable—almost pleasantly generic, except for the wine bottles lining the wall, which make you feel like you’re nibbling your grilled baby calamari in a congenial wine cellar. Luckily, the food offers more pizzazz than the physical space. The menu features dishes from Lombardy, such as robust minestrone, hearty risotto—in this case, served with fresh mint, shrimp, and a touch of tomato—a wealth of seafood and fish, and fresh and cured meats. Pressed panini stuffed with with filet mignon and gorgonzola, yellowfin tuna, and grilled vegetables round out the offerings at lunch and dinner, though the casual sandwiches seem out of place on the otherwise formal menu. One particular highlight is the ethereally silky buffalo mozzarella with tomato and fresh basil.Recommended Dishes
Buffalo mozzarella, $10; shrimp risotto, $19; veal scaloppine Vago, $19