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Gina La Fornarina-opening on 82/2nd-anyone know what that is?

UES Mayor Feb 12, 2009 02:11 AM

Saw wall of poster advertising I assume opening of some new eatery/food store in my nabe. Wondered if any of you happen to know what kind of venue is to come? Thanks.

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    marvy1 RE: UES Mayor May 18, 2009 06:20 AM

    Hi - just saw this on the NYT online. I was curious too. Those pictures on the outside look really good...

    Looking Ahead

    GINA LA FORNARINA Paola Pedrignani, left, an owner of Amaranth on East 62nd Street, chose this name for two restaurants she will open this year. The first, in a month or so, will be on the Upper East Side, followed in late summer by a West Side branch that will replace the P & G Bar. “Gina” is a nod to her father, Gino; “La Fornarina,” or the baker’s daughter, is a painting by Raphael. The restaurants will specialize in inexpensive dishes based on bread: 1575 Second Avenue (81st Street), 279 Amsterdam Avenue (73rd Street).

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      nativeNYer RE: marvy1 Jul 27, 2009 01:06 PM

      has the UES location opened? i don't see it listed anywhere.

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        UES Mayor RE: nativeNYer Jul 28, 2009 04:05 AM

        Not yet-probably another couple weeks-i walk by every day and ask-owner quite nice-hope to try her food soon!

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          nativeNYer RE: UES Mayor Jul 28, 2009 08:28 AM


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            liztish RE: nativeNYer Aug 17, 2009 07:53 AM

            Just walked by on Sunday and looks like they will open any day now! Menu was up - great selection of wines by the glass, paninis, small plates.

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              nativeNYer RE: liztish Aug 17, 2009 09:09 PM

              I wound up there tonight, purely by accident. Went crosstown to Chinese Mirch on 2nd from the UWS only to learn they are closed on Mondays. So, in a very aggravated mood, I walked along 2nd searching for an alternative. I had heard about this place's planned UWS location and was glad to stumble across the opening of the UES location. It looks like they may have just opened this evening.

              I was completely indecisive but wound up with the speck panini to stay and the Tagliatelle to go. Despite my foul mood, I did notice the food tasted good and would probably be more enthusiastic had I been less aggravated. I love the aesthetics but it was very hot in there. Menu items include gelato, salads, soup, pasta, panini, sweets, pizza and another section referred to as "traditional" or something along those lines.

              After finishing, I finally noticed Gina running around. Catching me by surprise, she came up to my table before she headed out the door and asked about my panini. Then I caught her by surprise when I extended my hand and mentioned it was a pleasure to meet her. She seemed very excited and genuine. The projected opening for the UWS location is in 2 months. I'll have to return when I'm less aggravated.

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      itryalot RE: UES Mayor Aug 18, 2009 09:08 AM

      Do they do "take out" sandwiches and fare? So, I assume they are open then?

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        nativeNYer RE: itryalot Aug 18, 2009 09:21 AM

        Definitely open and, yes, I ordered a pasta dish to go after I ate the panini inside. I would guess any menu item could be ordered to go.

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