The space that housed Da Domenico's until it was seized by the city is now home to Dolce Vita. According to chef Tyler Cyre (a Montreal native who was previously a sous-chef at Brasserie and before that Zucca in L.A.), its not just another Little Italy red-sauce joint. I feel its kind of a disadvantage for us, being so close to so much bad Italian food, he says.
Cyre plans to remedy that by cooking with local ingredients and making his own pasta, sauces, and stock. Lunch will offer the option of a $32 prix fixe, featuring items off the dinner menu, which includes a three-cheese ravioli ($18), a daily risotto special (market price), a 24- or 48-ounce rib eye ($30 or $60), a pan-seared big-eye tuna served with pine-nut pure ($35), a sweet-pea flan ($17), and others. The restaurant is BYOB for now, but once a license comes in, Cyres roommate Erica Oldensky (who happens to be the wine director at Sfoglia) will pick out some suitable vintages.
Dolce Vita, 181 Grand St., nr. Mulberry St.; 646-688-4110