photo credit: Giada Paoloni
We were genuinely sad when Maialino had to shut down during the pandemic. It was one of the first places we wanted to go for a peppery salad with anchovies, a quartino of Montepulciano, and a bowl of pasta. Now, this restaurant from Union Square Hospitality Group is back and, thankfully, nothing has really changed—except for the name (with the addition of “vicino”) and the location. Housed in a cozy space in the bottom of a Nomad hotel with terrazzo floors and lots of marble, Maialino (vicino) continues to serve the same Roman-style food it was known for. You’ll still be thinking about the spaghettini alle vongole and roasted lamb shoulder the morning after your visit, but you’ll remember the razor-thin slices of veal smothered in tonnato and fried capers for the rest of the year. The dining room would be pitch-dark if not for some candles that dot the space, so bring that person who would be your costar in a Nora Ephron movie for a legit romantic night out.
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