Behind every great man is a great mom, and if you’ve ever sat salivating in front of your TV when Lydia’s Italian Table is on, you know that Joseph Bastianich learned a thing or seven from his phenomenal mamma and certainly grew up eating very, very well.
When chef Eddy Leroux from Restaurant Daniel wants to be treated, it’s his go-to spot, and we heartily (and hungrily) agree. Housed in an impressive wood-façade townhouse in Midtown, Felidia captures that chic-yet-laid-back Italian spirit in her eatery’s golden sunny rooms, and then takes things a few steps further.
At the bar, you can order half bottles of sparklers and small bottles of wine to go with a snack of panini pre-theater, or go for the full-on Lydia experience. Chef Fortunato Nicotra’s tasting menus are a deal (four courses will cost you an easy $65), and there’s even a special pasta-tasting menu, on which we would never tire of seeing that nod to Calabria, the San Martino-style tagliatelle with a lusty ragu of pork, beef, and veal.