All-Star Team Opening Italian Restaurant in the Lion’s Former Home

Tagliatelle with chanterelles, pancetta, and sage.

There’s certainly no shortage of great new Italian restaurants in New York right now, but, nevertheless, Casa Apicii sounds promising: The chef, Casey Lane, made a name for himself at the Tasting Kitchen in Los Angeles, which he still owns. Since he’s bicoastal, he’s tapped Adam Nadel, formerly of A Voce Columbus, as his executive chef. Fabio Raffaelli (Daniel, Del Posto) and the co-founder of Employees Only Dushan Zaric will oversee the cocktails, and Patrick Cormier (Locanda Verde) leads the front of house. The real appeal of the Lion was the space — the garden level of a 19th-century Greenwich Village townhouse — but Lane wants Casa Apicii to feel like a true neighborhood spot, so the food and the vibe will be more relaxed than its predecessor. It opens this Thursday, July 28. Take a look:

There's an entire section of the menu devoted to mozzarella. Photo: Melissa Hom
Calamari with sausage calabrese, fennel flowers, and salsa rossa. Photo: Melissa Hom
Kolhrabi with sultana raisins, pine nuts, and Venetian curry. Photo: Melissa Hom
Beets with goat cheese, dill, and cumin. Photo: Melissa Hom
And, for dessert, a cookie plate. Photo: Melissa Hom
The space. Photo: Melissa Hom

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Casa Apicii, 62 West 9th St., (212) 353-8400

Italian Restaurant Opening in the Lion’s Former Home