519 Columbus Ave
(corner of 85th Street)
Hotel Note: If wanting a hotel on the Upper West Side check out: The Excelsior Hotel
Restaurateur Nathalie de la Fontaine has created a Renaissance inspired Italian restaurant on the Upper West Side of Manhattan - Machiavelli. Sculptors, woodworkers, painters, ceramists, and blacksmiths have all come together and created a one-of-a-kind dining experience.
|One of a kind chandeliers.|
They even have a traditional pasta making room behind the bar with a window so you can watch them hand-make what's on the menu for the day.
One of my favorite appetizers is the Antipasto Misto: smoked and fresh mozzarella, cacciatorino, prosciutto, mortadella, marinated and grilled vegetables, and olives.
Also great for nibbling is their Due Bruschetti - The Tuscan-style: chicken liver pate and The Traditional: tomato, onions, and basil.
Paired with any of the 30 plus Italian and French wines they offer and it's a complete meal.
But wait. A gorgeous grand piano anchors the middle of the restaurant and under the creative guise of Thomas Osuga, Machiavelli offers live music. Sometimes classical, sometimes jazz - the musicians are so talented and . . . it's free!