Ristorante wine bar
FELICE, the ultimate Tuscan Restaurant and wine bar, already in two locations on the Upper East Side in NYC, is now open down to the Financial District.
FELICE, the ultimate Tuscan Restaurant and wine bar, already in two locations on the Upper East Side in NYC, is now open down to the Financial District. Opened at Gild Hall, a Thompson Hotel, in September 2012, Felice, 15 Gold Street has introduced authentic Italian classics and the family’s namesake wines to the Wall Street community in its intimate 40-seat restaurant and upstairs wine lounge called La Soffitta.
This successful restaurant is already a favorite uptown, amongst local clientele, wine lovers and serious foodies alike. This third FELICE restaurant, bar and lounge features an expansive brass bar at the entrance with 20 additional seats for casual dining. Traditional Tuscan design elements of the Felice brand are visible in Robert McKinley’s design details including custom made tables and leather bench seats.
The restaurant and lounge have a wine-centric theme with dramatic chandeliers made from the jugs used to produce the restaurant's namesake labels. On the walls there are authentic Italian photographs of the 1960s in Rome and throughout Italy to exude glamour and romance into the space. Felice, 15 Gold Street, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers special features such as a "Prix Fixe Lunch" option catering to busy Wall Street executives who want to dine within 45 minutes and an aperitivo menu offered upstairs in the wine lounge.
Co-Owner, Felice Restaurant and Wine Bar
Jacopo Giustiniani, a native of Italy, has wine culture in his blood. Surrounded by oenophiles, he was raised between his family’s winery, the Fattoria Sardi in Lucca, and his hometown of Florence. In December 2007, Jacopo turned his passion for preserving the traditions of Italian wines into Felice Wine Bar on the Upper East Side. Through Felice, Jacopo brings New Yorkers a personal experience based on his cultural values and his family’s legacy.
During his formal education at Università di Firenze (University of Florence), he spent a lot of time overseeing and learning at his family winery. The Fattoria Sardi includes 19 hectares (47 acres) of vineyards located in the renowned wine region of Colline Lucchesi. The Fattoria Sardi has belonged to the Sardi family since the nineteenth century. At Fattoria, the family immediately enhanced the oenological potential of the land by implemented modern techniques and adding a charming Agriturismo (farmhouse accommodations) for visitors. Jacopo’s brother also decided to expand the vineyards and transform one hectare into an experimental area for introducing new grape varietals to Colline Lucchesi.
After earning a business degree in 2004 and a Master’s degree in 2006, Jacopo moved to the US to become the wine buyer for the Sant Ambroeus group (with locations on the Upper East Side, in the West Village, Soho and Southampton). He brought his young and active management style as well as his family’s extensive knowledge of wine production to the restaurant.
Within of a year of relocating to his adoptive city of New York, Jacopo conceptualized and brought to life a place where tradition meets modernity and uptown meets downtown: Felice Wine Bar. For Felice, he continually seeks out exceptional Italian wines, crafting a highly edited and unique list of 20 wines by the glass and 100 wines by the bottle. The list integrates the Fattoria Sardi labels: Vermentino, Sebastiano and the namesake Felice Bianco, Rosè and Rosso. The restaurant also offers a full menu of time-honored Italian dishes and small plates for wine pairing. Felice Restaurants and Wine Bar exemplifies Jacopo’s philosophy that simple wine and food create the basis of a beautiful daily experience. In the recent years Jacopo accomplished the expansion of the Felice brand which currently has four locations in Manhattan: Felice Wine Bar on 64th Street and 1st Avenue; Felice Ristorante on 83rd Street and 1st Avenue; Felice Restaurant and Wine bar at Gild Hall Hotel on 15 Gold Street; and BAR FELICE on 1st Avenue and 83rd Street.
Executive Chef FELICE 15 Gold Street
As Executive Chef of FELICE 15 Gold Street, Fausto Ferraresi masterfully exhibits passion, precision and creativity. Born and raised in Bergantino, Veneto a small town with a population of 2, 500 outside of Rovigo, his influence comes from two women, his mother and grandmother, both originally from Rimini (Emilia-Romagna). It was there that Fausto would spend his summers, surrounded by the smells of his grandmother’s kitchen. And it was in Rimini that he went to hospitality school, Accademia del Gusto.
After his education in Rimini, following his dream to travel, Fausto moved to London where he spent few years there. Returning to Italy, he started working in a series of high profile restaurants in Romagna such as I Tre Re, Gambero Rosso and Michelin starred Lido Lido. It was at the Porta del Sasso restaurant, in Verucchio, where he discovered a passion for authentic and ancient Italian cuisine, creating menus based on old medieval recipes. It was then that a colleague thought about adding Fausto to his team and called him to work at Ago in New York, the restaurant opened by Robert De Niro and other Hollywood personalities. After a few years of working in New York City, Fausto joined The Leopard at des Artistes, where he mastered Southern Italian cuisine.
In 2015, Fausto joined SA Hospitality Group, New York’s most beloved and authentic Italian restaurant group, where he was appointed Executive Chef at FELICE 15 Gold Street. At FELICE, Fausto manages a culinary staff and works directly with the group’s culinary director and the owners on menu development, which reflects the brands culinary vision and historic origins in Italy’s region of Tuscany.
Fausto’s fascination with authentic recipes, taking fresh ingredients and simply preparing them in a unique and flavorful way, has inspired this menu marked by Italian authenticity.