(This meal was complimentary which did not affect my review.)
I was recently invited to a press dinner at Giano, in the East Village, which is a trendy Italian trattoria nestled amongst the bustling restaurant row on 7th street.
Giano represents duality in many facets of its being. For one, Janus, the Roman mythological two-faced god, inspires its name.
This spot is owned by the dynamic duo from Milan, Paolo and Matteo, who attempt to strike a balance between innovation and tradition in what they offer here.
The food at Giano is not stylized or glamorous – it stays with being true to its roots and yet is innovative. They proudly present homemade pastas and other Italian dishes, as they would like for their customers to experience them. Do try their basil mashed potatoes – it’s something I have never tasted before and it was really good.
Giano has a really cool modern sit down bar which features regional Italian and global wines and Italian beers. There is a lovely backyard/patio, which is wonderful for the warmer months.
Giano has an authentic warmth and charm that’s emanates from everyone who works there and reverberates all around the restaurant.
Here is some of what we ate: