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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Alto

11 E. 53rd St. (Madison & Fifth Aves.) Send to Phone
212-308-1099
Upscale sophistication from the first appetizer to the last sip of wine.

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Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner Mon.-Sat.
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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Alto, New York, NY

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Alto Restaurant Review

: There's something so antithetical and counterintuitive to elevating Italian cuisine, a food that is so rooted in the home. Hence, the relative lack of haute eateries in Italy. But this is New York and leaving a cuisine un-elevated to a Big Apple chef is like a competitive eater leaving food on his plate. Enter Alto, not necessarily named for its stratospheric levels of cuisine elevation, but for the northern Italian-Alpine region that straddles Italy and Austria, called Alto Adige. You wouldn't find many of these dishes on menus back in the home country, but after sampling the smoked goose liver carpaccio or squid ink cappuccino, there comes a time when you just shrug and dismiss tradition altogether. Menus are based on the season, but one may find dishes such as duck and foie gras ravioli in a red wine jus, sautéed branzino with pancetta and caramelized Brussels sprouts, and seared duck breast with Tuscan lentils. The white-tableclothed dining room is quiet to the point of nerve-wracking and the service rates extremely high on the attentiveness level. The wine list is a topnotch choice of Italian vino.
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