For stylish gents in the know, Cesare Attolini is a Madison Avenue mainstay, offering the same impeccable styling that Italy’s best dressed men have been enjoying since the 1930s. Start your day with a fitting in their handsome private room, where tailors will take your measurements for a bespoke suit (think high armholes and soft shoulders to get that sculpted look), plus pick up ready-to-wear items, from tweed trousers to slim fit dress shirts.
At Midtown Manhattan’s (and maybe even America’s) finest espresso bar, patrons come for the coffee, not the WiFi. In fact, you won’t even find the latter here (not to mention a single seat, either). But who cares? Not when the Bologna-roasted house blend goes down so smoothly. Pair their finally crafted coffee with an ice water and a Soppressata Panino — trust us, your day will thank you.
In Italy, lunch isn’t so much a necessity as it is performance art, each meal an improvisation of ensemble players, the wine pairing with the pasta, the smoked prosciutto complimenting the lively conversation. Recreate that magic at sprawling Italian marketplace Eataly, where you can indulge in everything from pitch perfect focaccia to hand-crafted pasta to mouth-watering meats and cheese. Care to imbibe? Grab some vino at bustling wine bar L’Inizio, or hit Birreria for rooftop craft beers.
Come afternoon, cool out with some culture at the Gagosian Gallery, where Italian multimedia artist Francesco Vezzoli’s thought-provoking work is currently on display. Obsessed with the power of pop culture, Vezzoli’s oeuvre comprises all shapes and sizes, from risqué movie trailers to faux advertising campaigns to needlepoint portraits of celebrities like Lady Gaga.
NYC is uniquely blessed with Italian eateries, but when it comes to the perfect blend of cuisine and atmosphere few rival Il Buco. Located in a former antique gallery that’s tucked away off the cobblestones of Bond St., this rustic restaurant (a secret haunt of camera-shy celebs and off-duty chefs) serves up a seasonal menu of locally sourced ingredients and sustainable seafood to outstanding results. For a romantic evening, book a table amid the brick walls and floor-to-ceiling bottles in the intimate wine cellar.
Named after the Florentine count who came up with this tasty cocktail nearly 100 years ago, the Negroni is currently enjoying a moment. And for good reason. Combining the sweetness of vermouth and the bitterness of Campari on a backbone of gin, this classic Italian beverage lends a certain style and rakish charm to anyone who sips it. Fuel your night with a few at subterranean West Village hangout Fedora, where barrel-aged Negronis are slung across the mahogany bar.
LA might have its tacos, Chicago its dogs, but when it comes to late night eats, NYC is a tried and true pizza town. And nobody does it better than born and bred Staten Island cousins Francis Garcia and Sal Basille, whose dough-slinging skills inspire near religious devotion from their hungry customers. Join the weary-eyed revelers in line for some artichoke-spinach pie, an indulgent slice that combines cream sauce, butter and wine to absolute perfection.
Conclude the night by turning in like a tenor at the Enrico Caruso Suite at the recently revamped Knickerbocker hotel. Named after the Italian opera superstar who lived here during his long tenure at the Met during the early 20th Century, the 1,400 square foot, top floor suite channels the man’s lavish lifestyle and impeccable joie-de-vivre, from the rich furnishings to the sprawling views of Times Square.