Had a wonderfull dinner at L'impero last night. Was entertaining an out of town guest so I thought this would be a great place to go. Just seeing the person experiencing Tudor City was worth the trip. I am often surprised how many people do not know this place exists.. The restaurant itself is gorgeous. With lace covering the walls, dark lighting, rich texuteres, couches and chairs be combined at tables, it reminded me of almost being in a huge canopy bed.
The food although considered italian, can easily be mistaken for new american.. I am guessing it could be considered part of the slow food movement. Everything was so flavorfull and complex. I ordered the tasting menu, i had the sweetbreads, a gnocci dish, and the branzino with risotto. Everything was delicious. The person i ate with had the scallop dish over rissotto and the branzino.. My only complaint would have been with the saltiness of the branzino skin. The skin was crispy and delicious, i thought it clashed with the rest of the flavors on the plate.
The deserts were fabulous as well. The plates were beautifully put together. I had the sesame canolli served with stewed strawberries and my friend had a chocolate cake served with the inside of a creme brule.. It was all delicious.
L'Impero is a wonderfull restaurant and i am excited to return.