Cellar 58 in the East Village has hired Fabio from the Soho House and he promises to bring the same style and mouth-watering dishes that put the Soho House restaurant on the culinary map. Bano has already remade the dishes and menu at Cellar 58, bringing new specials that change daily. Bano is creating a new specialty dish every day and everything is homemade, using only organic and fresh products.
"This is food I learned how to cook in Italy," Bano says. "Everything we serve is made here: our crabcakes, Gnocchi alla Romana, pumpkin brown buttered sage, Pappardelle with sweet sausage ragout, chicken skewers in soy sake marinated. We use Italian techniques for our pasta that make the pasta melt in your mouth. All of our desserts are homemade. This is the same gelato you will find in Italy."
The owner of Cellar 58, Maria, has spent nearly two decades in both the wine and restaurant business. Maria was co-owner of the ever-popular "Le Streghe" on West Broadway and Grand for 16 years. She was one of the first people to represent international wines, working to introduce a broader palette of the world's selections at a time when American wine lists were still very limited.
Maria converted an old sign shop in the East Village into a serene tasting space and worked to create a wine list, both unique and superior. The list includes almost two dozen selections by the glass. The food menu presents creative and classic Italian tapas and entrees to be enjoyed with their wines as a perfect complement.