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Jacopo Giustiniani's dream was always to have a wine bar in New York City -- and now it's a reality. No stranger to wine, Giustiniani inherited his family's winery -- the 47-acre Fattoria Sarde Giustiniani, located in Colline Lucchesei in the heart of Tuscany -- from his grandfather. The vineyard is rich in tradition, as it's been owned by the Giustiniani family since the 19th century. Upon inheriting it, Giustiniani immediately sought to enhance the vineyard, implementing modern techniques and dedicating an entire acre of it to cultivating new grape varieties. Furthermore, for the past two-plus years Giustiniani has been the wine buyer for the Sant Ambrose restaurants -- a name that many New Yorkers salivate over when they hear it. Giustiniani's crown jewel, however, is his wine bar and restaurant, Felice. In addition to the 20 wines that it serves by the glass and the 100 that it serves by the bottle, Felice offers a wine list that includes labels from Giustiniani's vineyard, including the namesake Felice label, which is a white wine blend of Vermentino and Chardonnay. Then there's the food, which is equally splendid! In fact, it has a familiar and fabulous feel, as it's prepared by Chef Simone Parisotto, former chef at Emporio Armani Cafe in Italy and Sant Ambroeus in Southampton, N.Y. It's all in the family here, and believe us when we say that this is a family you want to know.

Lunch:
Le Nostre Focacce Farcite (Felice's focaccia bread, baked daily): Capri (diced vine-ripened tomatoes and homemade mozzarella, $9); La Felice (creamy egg salad served with sliced tomato, $10); Il Toast (Praga ham and Swiss with roasted peppers, $10); Classico (prosciutto, fresh melted mozzarella, fresh tomato puree and basil, $10); La Vegetariana (sun-drenched grilled eggplant and zucchini brushed with Tuscan olive oil served with burrata, $11); Pollaiola (chicken salad with silky organic mayonnaise, $11); Reale (house smoked salmon, butter and aromatic mesclun salad, $11).

I Risotti: Risotto ai Carciofi e Scaglie di Pecorino Toscano (rice with artichoke and shaved pecorino Toscano cheese, $20); Risotto di Mare (tomato based rice with clams, mussels, calamari, shrimp, scallops and octopus, $22).

Le Paste: La Zuppa del Giorno (chef's daily soup, $10); Linguine con Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino (linguine sauteed with olive oil, garlic and spicy red pepper, $14); Fresca di Campagna (penne pasta with plum tomatoes and fresh mozzarella, $14); Cavatelli al Pomodoro (cavatelli served with a sauce of vine-ripened tomatoes and basil, $14); Ravioli della Casa (homemade ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta cheese, served in a butter and sage sauce, $15); Tagliatelle alla Bolognese (handmade tagliatelle served with a veal ragout, $16); Lasagna al Ragu di Agnello (homemade lasagna with a lamb ragout and pecorino beschamel, served on a bed of arugula pesto, $18); Linguine alle Vongole Veraci (linguine tossed with baby littleneck clams served on a bed of broccoli puree, $18); Spaghetti alla Chitarra con Aragosta e Pomodoro Fresco (guitar string cut spaghetti with lobster meat and diced tomato, $20).


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