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Giano - Italian in the East Village, Manhattan

vivid | Mar 25, 200808:04 PM

I went to Giano tonight for the first time and it was excellent. Location: 127 E. 7th betw 1st & A (old Baldo Vino space). Paolo (from Milano) and Matteo are the owners and were attentive and friendly hosts. Paolo had a lot of time for us with respect to explaining the menu, restaurant name, theme of the restaurant, etc. We had an excellent 2004 Barbera d'Alba. To start I had the Insalata Primavera and my sister had the Sformatino Di Ceci E Gorgonzola. The Sformatino was amazingly favorful. For Primi, I had the Gnocchi Alla Bava (excellent) and my sister had the spinach and ricotta Gnudi in a butter and sage sauce which was perfectly prepared and presented. I will either have that next time (although the gnocchi was very good) or the Trofie Al Pesto (they were out of the trofie tonight). For dessert we had the tiramisu and the dessert of the day which was a pineapple carpaccio. The pineapple was thinly sliced and delicious. We actually only ordered the tiramisu but Paolo brought us the pineapple on the house since we were interestd in both. In summary, I would go back here - the food was delicious, the atmosphere is comfortable and the attentive service is welcoming. I hope that this restaurant, which opened in January, does well and brings success to the owners. It is important to note that there is a patio that will be open for dining once the weather is warmer - that will be delightful! Enjoy!

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