Osteria Accademia will be opening its doors on Wednesday, October 5 at 646 Amsterdam Ave. between 91st and 92nd streets, previously home to Scarlatto.
The new Italian restaurant comes from Huseyin Ozer (the owner of Bodrum and Leyla) and Murat Akinci. The executive chef is Claudio Cristofoli, who has served as top chef at Il Mulino and Cipriani Downtown.
“Each dish on the menu represents a different region of Italy and is composed of fresh, house-made pasta and imported Italian ingredients,” a press release reads.
One interesting antipasti menu item is called Vitello Tonnato, which is described as cold, sliced veal topped with a mayonnaise-like sauce flavored with tuna.
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Veal makes another appearance in a pasta plate the restaurant has highlight: “Ravioli stuffed with tender veal served in a sauce made of butter and sage dusted with Parmigiano.” Additional options will include Tagliolini Neri (made with squid ink and served with shrimp and eggplant) and mafalde with pistachio pesto and mint
A few mains will include orata (sea bream), braised short ribs and a hanger steak.
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Desserts will include zeppole, cannoli, a rotating selection of house-made gelato and sorbet and more. We’re told the drink list will be 100% Italian (with reds, whites, sparkling wines and Italian beers).
Here’s the full menu we were sent.
The interior is lined with bookshelves and can accommodate 36 diners. We’re told the sidewalk cafe will fit 14 and the roadside cafe will fit 16.
Hours will be Sunday-Thursday from 4:30-10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 4:30-10:30 p.m.
They haven’t posted anything as of writing, but @accademianyc is the new restaurant’s Instagram handle. The website (not live as of writing) is accademianyc.com.
Good luck, looks good but the day before the opening there’s no menu to be found. Need to get that website up and running. And good job making use of the old shed from the last restaurant that nobody ever removed.
Excited to try this. Huseyin And Murat have done a really nice job with Leyla and I expect that this will be great as well.
I think these Italianos trying to serve a meal from each province of Italy is too much for one chef. I spent 40 years learning to make southern fried chicken and THAT takes skill.
The place is sadly quite empty on this beautiful Friday night in early October- perhaps it’s the bizarre lack of social grace in relating to hip hood? I mean NOBODY I know will ever eat a broken kneed, crippled chained up baby calf and this menu flaunts veal in everything. Oh my.
I’d post a nice photo- we LOVED Scarlatta and photographed the place inside and out- but there doesn’t appear to be an image upload feature here?