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

Tagliatelle with chanterelles, pancetta, and sage. Photo: Melissa Hom

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