Named for the two-faced Roman god Janus, Giano toys with yin-yang dichotomies to disappointing results. The high-concept exists everywhere from the decor— a rustic exposed-brick wall faces a pixelated sunflower print—to the menu. “Contemporary” dishes (a chickpea croquette cloaked in too-rich Gorgonzola cream, for example) are pitted against classic ones, like just-passable gnocchi in an intense four-cheese sauce. Genial service and decent desserts (an above-average tiramisu) help make Giano just what the neighborhood didn’t need—another middling trattoria.
126 E 7th St
|Cross street:||between First Ave and Ave A|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30–11pm Fri, Sat 5:30–1am|
|Transport:||Subway: F, V to Lower East Side–Second Ave; L to First Ave; 6 to Astor Pl|
|Price:||Average main course: $20. AmEx|
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Average User Rating
5 / 5
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This place is a hidden gem. It's quiet, it's homey and the food is delicious. I came here a couple months with with my husband and a few friends, and we all drooled over the food that we ordered. Everyone was delighted with the appetizers (burrata and calamari) and pasta dishes. i had ordered the spaghetti al pomodoro fresco. No lie, it was spectacular. The pasta was cooked perfectly, and the sauce was ever so slightly creamy which helped the flavor evenly coat every noodle. We all left fat, full and happy that evening.