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La Dolce Vita
While away an afternoon on one of the West Village’s loveliest corners.
Sogno Toscano, 17 Perry St.
It’s not Rivoire in the Piazza della Signoria, but the lively little setup outside Sogno Toscano, a new wine bar-alimentari on the corner of Perry and Waverly, has attracted a bit of an Italophile crowd of its own. On sunny weekend afternoons, a jazz guitarist plays hot licks on his Gibson L-5, fashion plates wash down their mortadella-and-mozzarella focaccia sandwiches with glasses of rosato, and when all the seats are taken, some Persol-wearing dudes sidle up alongside tables on their Vespas turning the scooters into makeshift café chairs. Tuscan-expat owners Bryan Persico and Pietro Brembilla opened the storefront this summer as a showcase for their wholesale Italian-specialty-foods operation, and now they find themselves as busy running their own restaurant as they are supplying others.