Former Cipriani Chef to open Bar Italia Madison
There’s going to be a chic, new restaurant in town. Elegant décor, a delicious menu of ‘classic Italian with a light twist,’ and a place where you can dine, unwind, celebrate life and people watch. And the best part, you won’t even have to go to Italy to do it. Former Cipriani Chef Denis Franceschini and General Manager Hassan El Garrahy have teamed up with Jean Denoyer and Regis Marinier of the super successful Orsay Restaurant Group, to introduce Bar Italia Madison opening in late September. The new fun, light and real Italian spot will open at 768 Madison Ave at 66th street and take over the former Fredericks space. Bar Italia Madison is bound to cause a stir because it is bringing an unexpected downtown atmosphere uptown, something that Madison Ave in the 60’s needs desperately, a hip and lively scene. Franceschini’s original Bar Italia on the Upper East Side is a runaway success, so get ready to have a new go to spot in the East 60’s. Orsay’s empire encompasses over 20 restaurants throughout New York City and the country, and some of their loyal clientele includes Alec Baldwin, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Murray and many top financial personalities. Oh, and they will be hand crushing the mint for the mojitos. Can you say delicious?