Tutto Il Giorno
114 Franklin St.
(bet. W. Broadway and Sixth Ave.)
More fancy than casual

Tutto il Giorno’s two siblings in the Hamptons have that light, airy, traditional East End feel, but the Tribeca outpost is cool and contemporary, all somber earth tones and white orchids. It’s a close relative of Donna Karan’s Urban Zen stores. (Tutto il Giorno’s owners are Gabby Karan De Felice and her husband Gianpaolo De Felice.) The room is elegantly organized with booths, banquettes, and a communal table, so you never feel like you’re dining in a furniture showroom, as is so often the case in large restaurants. The materials are far from cheap, the lighting is attractive, and the sound level is reasonable. A note on the menu explains that the art is by Gabby’s late father, Stephan Weiss. As for the food, the menu contains simple descriptions such as “pappardelle, whipped controne beans, mussels” and “rigatoni, sweet and hot homemade sausage, peas, touch of cream.” Where other restaurants might take those as departure points, sneaking in herbs or other complexity, at Tutto il Giorno they’re more like complete lists of ingredients, emphasizing the essence of Italian cuisine.

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