Gente Ristorante Italiano

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Chefs craft vegetarian recipes & pasta with kobé meatballs inspired by more than 100 trips to Italy & end meals with imported gelato

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Jay B. Mitchell, owner and executive chef at Gente Ristorante Italiano, prepares all-natural, authentic dishes that transport taste buds to regions explored during more than 100 visits to Italy. From the dinner menu, patrons warm bellies with appetizers of vegetarian bruschetta pomodoro ($8 at lunch; $10 at dinner), made with plum tomatoes, basil, and garlic. A classic risotto enjoyed on Jay’s visit to Milan inspired him to sculpt a miniature David out of arborio rice and craft a creamy risotto Milanese with sautéed mushrooms and saffron ($19 at lunch; $21 at dinner), or customers may embark on the spaghetti con primavera ($16 at lunch; $20 at dinner), multi-grain pasta with zucchini, broccoli, and tomato. Carnivores sharpen incisors on the spaghetti con polpettine di kobé, in which kobé meatballs lounge atop pasta ($20).

Gente Ristorante Italiano ends satisfying meals with a dessert, such as a scoop of gelato or sorbeto flown in daily from Milan, or a piece of Grandmother cake, which sweetly complements life choices. The restaurant's rich hardwood floors and black-and-white photos of celebrities imbue the dining space with a sophisticated ambiance.

Gente Ristorante Italiano

Every day, an endless stream of airplanes flits between the United States and Europe. One of them, though is carrying precious cargo: a daily delivery of sorbetto and gelato for Gente Ristorante Italiano straight from Milan. This tight connection with Italy shines in the rest of the menu, too. All of the cuisine is directly inspired by owner and executive chef Jay B. Mitchell’s hundreds of visits to the country. For example, he first spied the insalata parma dish on the menu at a Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat beach club. With his risotto, he hopes to re-create the classic risottos served at the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan.

Zagat ranked the comforting Italian cuisine at Gente Ristorante Italiano “very good to excellent,” thanks in part to all this research. “The trick, I believe,” wrote a reporter for Short and Sweet NYC, “is when combining local produce with unmatchable Italian staples, Gente manages to produce the essence of a ‘local’ Italian dining experience in a neighborhood notorious for grab-and-go commuter clientele.”

Customer Reviews

Great waitstaff. Very attentive and polite.
Gabriella R. · June 6, 2012
Thanks for a lovely and delicious meal.
Jodi S. · June 3, 2012
Great food. Clean place. Good service.
Tassanee B. · June 3, 2012

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