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First Look at Lingua, Bringing ‘Italian Tapas’ to the East Village

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Photo: Melissa Hom/Staff or Contracted

A few weeks back, fourteen-month-old Lautrec Bistro at 111 First Avenue reopened as Italian spot Lingua. Chef-owner Pierluigi Sacchetti had been involved in the now-shuttered La Cantina Toscana and Cipolla Rossa, and in this new venture he’s offering “Tuscan-oriented” Italian small plates categorized by ingredient and price. The menu leans meaty: under cold cuts (three for $9, five for $15) there’s house-signature thinly sliced lingua (tongue); offal includes options of twice-cooked veal cheeks or oil-poached wild boar belly (small plates, $10; large plates, $15); and a “food truck” section ($7/$12) advertises tripe on a bun or wild-boar meatballs. Don’t worry, there’s also plenty for pesca- and vegetarians, which you can scope below, served between 5 p.m. and midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. weekend nights. Do also check out the space in our slideshow — it’s lost the Toulouse-Lautrec artwork of the former inhabitant and gained bright-blue walls, colorful banquette upholstery, and the playful concept of a “wine bookshelf.”

Lingua, 111 First Ave., nr. E. 7th St.; 646-429-9243

Lingua Menu [PDF]

First Look at Lingua, Bringing ‘Italian Tapas’ to the East Village