Featured: Saturday, May 13 Grand Tasting
Opened in Manhattan’s Flatiron in November 2016, James King and chef Jared Sippel’s Italienne celebrates regional cuisine from Northern Italy and Provence, with influences from their borders. With a resume that includes acclaimed restaurants Frasca Food and Wine (Boulder), and Quince (San Francisco), Chef Sippel’s inspiration for Italienne was largely derived from the time he spent working for Chefs Sylvestre Wahid and Jean-André Charial at the two Michelin starred L’Oustau de Baumanière in Provence, and staging across Italy at Michelin starred restaurants including La Primula and La Subida in Friuli, and La Peca in the Veneto. His dishes reflect history rather than innovation, and feature ingredients not often associated with Italian or French cuisine, but indicative of traditional foodways.
At Italienne, diners can experience two distinct concepts in one. The restaurant’s front Taverna is a lively space offering a la carte dishes and small plates, with a stunning marble bar as its focal point. “In Italy, nearly every fine-dining ristorante has a complementary osteria,” says Chef Sippel. “The two share a symbiotic relationship, offering guests a choice of dining experiences, and enabling a chef to cook with as little waste as possible.”
In the Dining Room, guests can enjoy Chef Sippel’s four-course tasting menu, with wine pairings by wine director Erica O’Neal and seasonally-minded takes on classic desserts by pastry chef Rebecca Isbell. On Monday evenings, Italienne offers a weekly-changing series featuring a three-course menu designed to showcase the cuisine of a hyperlocal region.