Granduca di Sicilia, Sicilian-style Italian eatery, opened up to the masses last week and aims to bring authentic Sicilian eats to New Yorkers. Restauranteur Ettore Manuli operates a similar restaurant in Taormina, Italy. You can expect to find imported goods from the region in his new resto - from ingredients to art to fountains. Objects of Sicilian folklore are strewn throughout the eatery, including a horse-drawn cart, hand carved puppets, and a life-size boat, all on display.
Enjoy a seat at the bar and slurp down vino from the all-Sicilian wine list or chomp down on goodies in the main dining room, which overlooks an open kitchen. There is also a series of rotating images of the island displayed on a flatscreen TV (as if we aren't dying for summer already). But the real attraction here are the Sicilian style pizzas, cooked hot in the wood-burning brick oven. Specialties include stromboli, risotto of the day, and their delicious seafood entrees. Sicilian cuisine is vegetable and citrus focused, so don't skimp on trying the insalata dona lola, which includes blood oranges, fennel, olives, and pecorino. Lucky for you, this new pizza place is open daily from 12pm-11pm.