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We asked SD’s legendary father-daughter restaurateurs, Tony and Marisa May, how a product of the ’80s can impress in 2009.

He said: “When we did San Domenico it was right for the times. And now, after 20 years, we had to renew the restaurant. You will not see the same types of menus that you find in many restaurants: appetizer, main course, dessert, coffee. [Our menu is divided up by] vegetables and salads, salumi and salame, grains and legumes, fish and mollusks, and various types of meats. Our menu allows [diners] to eat the way they want to eat.”

She said: “We sent Odette [Fada, the executive chef] and our chef de cuisine, Matteo [Bergamini], to Italy with their recipes. We actually did a reality-TV show for Gambero Rosso, the food network of Italy. They went on camera and tested all of the recipes in front of the great one- and two-Michelin-star chefs of the country. What [other] great chefs from New York have gotten their critiques from the greatest chefs in Italy?”’’

19 E 26th St at Madison Square Park, 212-265-5959. Opens in mid-September.

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