When Pepi Di Giacomo and Luca Di Pietro—natives of Abruzzo, Italy—immigrated to Manhattan and couldn't find a decent cup of espresso, the duo decided to begin brewing their own. Di Giacomo and Di Pietro drew upon their professional backgrounds in the hospitality, coffee, and wine industries and founded Tarallucci e Vino as a way to spread their love of Old-World cuisine. The small empire of specialty eateries now includes three locations across New York, each with a different focus. The café seizes upon the founders' original craving for quality espresso, and it commits to getting every single detail correct by refusing to cut any corners. Every single pastry—from the pear turnovers to the cheese danishes—is made in-house, and the staff dedicates three full days to making each batch of croissants, imbuing them with the perfect flaky texture. In addition to serving cheese platters, savory crostini, and a selection of Italian sandwiches that New York magazine lauded as "excellent," the café stays true to its roots by brewing espressos and cappuccinos. Drinks in hand, customers are encouraged to sit, scream at sudoku puzzles, and enjoy their quick meal or snack at one of the small tables scattered throughout the café and the outdoor patio.
As long as the sauce is good, the pizza will taste great. That's the overriding tenet that the kitchen at Rizzo's Fine Pizza has operated under for 55 years. When the two Rizzo brothers and their brother-in-law opened the original location in 1959, they began with a simple cheese pizza, no toppings. Even today, with their grandchildren running the joint, they keep it that simple. They top the pizzas with Mediterranean ingredients, such as anchovies, marinated mushrooms, and fresh garlic, rather than pineapple and ham or peanut butter and pickles. Their classic Sicilian-style pizzas have earned them praise from many press outlets, including The New York Times and TimeOut New York.
Nadeau characterizes its furniture as "with a soul" because it's true artisan work: handcrafted from wood rather than mass-produced from gasket pylons. Showcase fine china and live gerbils in a mahogany regal glass-door cabinet ($372), or in a hefty, finely trimmed narrow bookcase with drawer ($197). Or, display a new moving picture box on a bobbin leg console table ($116). Furniture comes in a myriad of stains and colors, and many pieces are one-of-a-kind. Nadeau's ever-changing inventory includes a variety of sturdy dining room tables and chairs. Prices and selection may vary due to rotating inventory, but pieces are always fully assembled and ready to welcome any tuckered torso or mound of toothbrushes.
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Modani adds dramatic, modern flair to homes and offices with sleek, space-maximizing living room, dining room, office, and bedroom furnishings and accessories. With an emphasis on hidden storage, Modani's clean, luxurious designs draw the eye along graceful lines, making pads approachably impressive and understatedly welcoming. Give flowers a chic new hangout with the Double X metal vase ($110), or store blankets and other living-room necessities in the metallic, padded golden chest, which doubles as a safe room for Barbies ($140). Modani can also transform an abode with post-baroque flair with pillar-candle holders ($30–$35) or make a corner earn its keep with the Canelle side table ($150).
Inspired by the chance discovery of Fishs Eddy, a small hamlet in upstate New York, the owners of this dishware depot in the Flatiron District adopted its name for their shop. Rural Americana became the focus of the stock of dinner, flat, glass and kitchenware items inside, much of which carries quirky designs like plates rimmed with the New York skyline, chicken cooking timers and United States-shaped cutting boards. The owners’ dedication to rummaging also brings a range of vintage dishes, often appropriated from ocean liners, restaurants and even burned out barns. All are presented in an old-school general store-like interior, complete with worn wood floors and antique tables, boxes and barrels.