“Simplicity and richness”—that’s what executive chef Daniele Sicuranza promises diners in an introductory letter on Circolo45’s website. It’s a combination he perfected during his time opening restaurants in Milan, and he’s been hard at work bringing it to New York since he arrived to revamp the former Circolo last fall. Today’s Reserve selection invites you to taste the spirit of Milanese cooking with a choice of the following options:
- $80 for a three-course Italian dinner for two with two glasses of prosecco
- $68 for a three-course Italian dinner for two
- $160 for a three-course Italian dinner for four with four glasses of prosecco<p>
The simplicity part of Sicuranza’s equation may come through most clearly in the appetizers, most designed to showcase just one or two top-quality ingredients—such as a pairing of prosciutto San Daniele and buffalo mozzarella, or grilled octopus with tomato confit. A rustic spirit also prevails in a long list of fresh, house-made pastas tossed with morsels such as borlotti beans and porcini mushrooms. The proteins starring in the selection of secondi are more unusual than the traditional steak and seafood options, from the whole roasted free-range chicken to lemony grilled bream to wild boar. Dessert options change regularly, but might include a traditional tiramisu or chocolate soufflé served with pistachio ice cream.
Beyond a sleek steel-and-glass facade, Circolo45’s décor strikes a balance between folksy and contemporary. Stout wooden tables, whitewashed brickwork, and weathered floorboards mingle with modern touches such as jet-black banquettes and Bluetooth-compatible tablecloths.