First Look at La Follia, From the Team Behind Irving Mill and Candela


For eleven years, Suzanne Riva and her husband Mario operated the cavernous Candela and its more upscale and shorter-lived successor Irving Mill in Union Square. "We shot for the moon and it didn't pan out that way,” Suzanne says of Irving Mill (she tells us a lawsuit filed by former chef John Schaefer had “nothing to do with” its closing). Now they’ve opened their first neighborhood restaurant, La Follia, a few blocks away from what now houses a Brother Jimmy’s, and also a few blocks away from their Gramercy home. The far smaller, 64-seat space (encompassing both an osteria with brick-lined walls and a candlelit enoteca) is “more manageable and it answers our own needs,” says Riva. As for your needs, expect "straightforward rustic Italian food" prepared by Irving Mill's former sous-chef, Mercedes Bautista. La Follia is open for dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. — while it awaits a liquor license (any day now), "mocktails" such as Sicilian bitter lemonade are on the house. Below, have another look inside, and peruse the menu.

La Follia Menu [MenuPages]

La Follia, 226 Third Ave, nr. E. 19th St.; 212-477-4100