I'm talking about the Gino's at 780 Lexington Ave (between 60th & 61st) (phone 212-758-4466, but no reservations).
Has anyone else out there discovered this gem? We were intrigued by seeing it noted as having the best red sauce in NYC (the "segreto", or secret, sauce) on TVFN's "Best of..." show. We went there a month or so ago with several friends and, one dish after the next, were constantly pleased. Very traditional, red sauce type, Italian, with professional waiters who've been there for 10, 20, 30 years (take their recommendations), and decor that hasn't been updated for around 40 years (red, leaping zebra wallpaper, plastic flowers in sconces on the walls).
We tried several dishes, and were always saying its the best version we've tried: mussels marinara, pasta fagiole, seafood fra diavolo were all great. Jason and I shared the veal parmesean, which was a very nice, crisp cutlet without too much cheese, and the fresh pasta with segreto sauce, thick homemade egg and spinach spaghetti with a very rich tomato sauce. I couldn't get the "secret" out of the waiter, but it wasn't just a tomato/basil sauce.
We want to go back there again soon. For those that have been there, please post your opinions and recommendations for other dishes.