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Vino, an Upper East Side wine bar, is the creation of Massimo Stocchi and Vito Mezzatesta, owners of Mediterraneo, a nearby Italian restaurant. The two tapped a fellow Florence native, Massimiliano Caldini, to helm the wine program, comprised exclusively of indigenous Italian varietals. The selection is ample, with about 80 wines by the bottle and 40 by the glass. Wine bottles also accent the décor by lining the shelves that circle the dining room. Wooden tables and a wooden floor edged with mosaic tiles also contribute to the enoteca feel, as does the marble-topped bar. Tuscan-inspired small plates range from salads, grilled focaccia sandwiches, cured meats, and cheeses to miniature cooked dishes ported from Mediterraneo. While some dishes are listless, the carpaccio bomba is not. Its raw filet mignon slices are draped over a mound of watercress studded with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and avocado. It’s not authentic, but it works. The gnudi are more traditional and equally worthy: Finely chopped spinach is mixed with ricotta cheese and formed into “naked” dumplings that are steamed, then bathed in butter and sage. While wine is the real draw here, some tasty nibbles do enhance the sipping.Recommended Dishes
Gnudi, $9; Carpaccio bomba, $9.75