Il Totano italian restaurant in west village new york city

Il Totano Evokes a 1970s Italian Yacht Party

Chef Harold Dieterle has teamed up with restaurateur Alexandra Shapiro to bring a new coastal Italian eatery, Il Totano, to Manhattan’s West Village.

Upon entering Il Totano—the handiwork of locally based designer Sasha Bikoff—guests are whisked away to the Southern Italian coast with a burst of hand-painted blue and white diaphanous striped wallpaper. This sense of place is further heightened by a dark walnut deco bar, which evoke a sleek Riva boat cruising through the Amalfi Coast.

Taking a page from cult Italian fashion brand Marni, the restaurant layers terracotta, tangerines, and mustard-hued fabrics for the circular banquettes in the main dining room. Here, a 1970s yacht party aesthetic is brought to life via chrome mushroom lamps and multi-colored ceramic nautilus sconces.

The 85-seat restaurant also houses a temperature- and humidity-controlled chamber in the passageway to the dining room, where guests can see Dieterle’s dry-aged fish offerings.

The environment is rounded out with a soundtrack of nostalgic Italian music and ’70s American pop.

Il Totano italian restaurant in west village new york city

Il Totano italian restaurant in west village new york city

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