So this is what Mona Lisa was smiling about. –In La Gioconda’s intimate, warm dining room, overseen by a portrait of Leonardo da Vinci, you can dig into appetizers such as refreshing arugula salad with shaved Parmesan and a lemon vinaigrette. Grilled eggplant slices rolled with goat cheese, then topped with mozzarella and chopped tomatoes, were flavorful, if a bit tough; thick bands of homemade pappardelle with a lamb ragù are hearty. You may leave here with a mysteriously happy look on your face.
|Venue name:||La Gioconda||Contact:|
226 E 53rd St
|Cross street:||between Second and Third Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri noon–3:30pm, 5–10:30pm; Sat 5–10:30pm|
|Transport:||Subway: E, V to Lexington Ave–53rd St; 6 to 51st St|
|Price:||Average main course: $15. AmEx, DC, MC, V|