New Spin on the perennial Regional Italian question, maybe?
I'm looking for a short list of Manhattan restaurants devoted to specific Italian regional cuisines. I'm particularly interested in the cuisines of Piemonte, Milano/Lombardia, Emila, Abbruzzo, and Sardegna, but the region matters less to me than a menu-wide emphasis on the food of a particular area. What does NOT interest me is a pan-Italian place that happens to have good cappellacci, or a place that bills itself as Tuscan but serves only a couple of Tuscan specialties beside the usual pan-Italian repertoire. Make sense? My wife and I are looking for a complete regional experience, from antipasto through dolce. Apologies for bringing up a well-worn topic, but I'm having trouble wading through all of the archival material on this, much of which is now out of date. Thanks in advance!
Acqua at Peck Slip was doing prix-fixe menus based on various Italian regions...I do believe they have stopped for now but you could always call and ask.
Maialino - Roman
Lupa - Roman
Eolo - Sicily
Paprika - Lombardia (although there are a few menu items that don't fit in, like Lobster Mac & Cheese)
Lincoln always has a (monthly?) "theme" where there's at least one option per course from a specific region. Right now it's Piemonte and there are two antipasti, one primi, one secondi, one piccolo and one dolci. On the weekend brunch menu they're doing Le Marche, with two primi and one secondi.
And if you're willing to go to Brooklyn:
Convivium Osteria - Sardinian primarily, with crossover into Portuguese/Spanish, though there's a lot of overlap in those cuisines to begin with. A neighborhood gem.
al di là - Northern Italian
Vicolo - Campania
Osteria il Paiolo - Piemonte