The venerable Italian staple Bice Ristorante toasted to 25 years of success last Monday, and treated special guests to some of their most popular dishes along with flowing bottles of champagne to celebrate.

Midtown east’s elegant yet casual neighborhood gem invited friends and family to see the latest design of the open and airy dining room, restyled by famous designer Frederico Delrosso.  With an original layout by world renowned Adam Tihany, the new chic feel of the space is reminiscent of Milan circa the 1940s.

After a reception filled with passed delectables, a bountiful antipasti station, and a sumptuous risotto served right out of an enormous parmesan cheese wheel that had been hollowed out, the founder of Bice Ristorante took to the microphone. Founder Roberto Ruggeri welcomed the crowd and told snippets of heartwarming stories from his many years overseeing the dining room of his Northern Italian legacy.

Ruggeri has passed the torch on to new owner Pier Marlo Delrosso (family of the designer), who will breathe new life into the venue and bring in a young, hip clientele that wants delicious food with a worldly vibe.  Delrosso and Rugerri closed their commentary with a promise to patrons that their food will always be amazing, no matter who is in charge.  Of course, Executive Chef Silverio Chavez will ensure that this promise is fulfilled.

It was a lovely evening watching the team reflect on 25 successful years together and look optimistically towards a future that includes another 25 years of feeding fastidious New Yorkers who have come to love Bice Ristorante.

Check out their website for menu details and reservations to their elaborate 4-course prix fixe Thanksgiving menu that will make your holiday extra special!

Buon appetito,

~ JetSetLeslie

Photos via Bice Ristorante