Leonti to Open in Former Dovetail Space

It was recently announced that a new restaurant called Leonti will replace Dovetail this fall. Under Chef Adam Leonti, the restaurant is expected to be an upscale, mainly Italian restaurant.

Dovetail had become a part of the fabric of the Upper West Side. The long-standing restaurant had been awarded a Michelin-star under former Chef John Fraser. Chef Fraser left in May, and space owner Lewis Pell closed the restaurant to reopen it as a new concept following a revamp.

On The Menu

Guests can expect dishes such as ribollita, porcini pasta with snail and chianti ragu, turbot with sweet 100 tomatoes and milk-braised lamb, and a cold tripe salad. It is anticipated that pasta dishes will cost around $25. Entrees will go for up to about $40.

It’s rumored that Chef Leonti will be preparing the desserts and bread himself. And that he’ll be bringing in a deck oven and a mill to make fresh flour. Restaurant goers can expect a Milanese style space with 70 seats, fine china, silverware, and servers in suits.

Chef Adam Leonti became known for cooking Italian fare at hit Italian restaurant Vetri in Philadelphia. It seems he has done his research and is trying to make the new restaurant a seamless addition to the Upper West Side. The chef says he wants to “make that space less of a special occasion spot and more in a diner’s regular rotation”.

Adam Leonti

Adam Leonti, via his Twitter page

Leonti will be located at 103 West 77th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues. Foodies, stay tuned for a Fall opening!


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Jori Rose Schwartz

Jori Rose Schwartz

Jori Rose Schwartz is a proud Upper West Sider. She enjoys ice cream, little dogs, long walks in Central Park, and getting lost inside Duane Reade. You can follow her adventures on the Upper West Side at @UpperWestUpperBest on Instagram.