Chef Jonathan Benno Opens New Trattoria, Bakery and Cafe in Manhattan

BY Crystal Shi TIMEJuly 10, 2018 PRINT

Chef Jonathan Benno, of Per Se and Lincoln Ristorante fame, has opened two new Roman-inspired eateries, Leonelli Taberna and Leonelli Focacceria e Pasticceria, in the newly redesigned hotel The Evelyn in Manhattan’s NoMad.

“Since I was a kid I’ve always had a love affair with Italian food,” Benno said in a press release. “I remember sitting around the family table eating my grandma’s eggplant parmesan, and enjoying boxes of Italian bakery cookies at every social gathering. That’s the feeling I want to recreate at Leonelli.”

The menu at Leonelli Taberna, a casual trattoria with a craft cocktail bar and lounge, features rustic Italian dishes like spaghetti carbonara suppli; gnocchi with braised oxtail stew; and bistecca alla fiorentina, a 30-day dry aged T-bone steak for two. Drinks include a focused list of Italian wines and cocktails, and a dessert menu by Lindsey Bittner of Gramercy Tavern offers sweets like Arborio rice pudding with rhubarb sorbet.

Meanwhile, bakery and café Leonelli Focacceria e Pasticceria serves house-baked focaccia and focaccia sandwiches, as well as a selection of traditional Italian pastries, cookies, and confections.

Crystal Shi
Food Editor
Crystal Shi is the food editor for The Epoch Times. She is a journalist based in New York City.
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