In the bustling heart of New York City lies a culinary gem that marries sophistication with comfort, offering an unforgettable dining experience. L’Amico, under the culinary stewardship of Chef Laurent Tourondel, beckons diners to embark on a gastronomic journey through Italian-inspired delicacies in a refined yet welcoming atmosphere.

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Chef Laurent Tourondel

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Chef Laurent Tourondel’s illustrious career is a testament to his passion for food, honed over four decades of culinary exploration and innovation. From his humble beginnings in Auvergne, France, to his time spent under the tutelage of renowned chefs like Jacques Maximin and the Troisgros family, Tourondel’s culinary prowess has earned him accolades and admiration worldwide.

The story of L’Amico is one of evolution. Following the closure of his acclaimed three-star restaurant, Cello, in 2002, Tourondel redirected his focus towards creating more accessible dining experiences. Thus, in 2004, the eponymous BLT brand was born, captivating diners with its emphasis on fresh, simple ingredients prepared with exacting techniques. This marked the beginning of Tourondel’s culinary empire, which has since expanded to include a diverse array of concepts spanning from New York City to South Beach.

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At L’Amico, Chef Tourondel’s vision comes to life in a symphony of flavors that pay homage to his European upbringing and his extensive culinary journey. The menu, infused with Italian influences, features an array of delectable dishes crafted with the freshest ingredients and executed with precision.

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Weekend brunch at L’Amico is a celebration of Italian-inspired fare, with dishes like Tiramisu French Toast and Lemon Ricotta Pancakes delighting the palate. The restaurant’s outdoor patio provides the perfect setting to savor these culinary delights while soaking in the vibrant atmosphere of the city.

But L’Amico is more than just a dining destination—it’s an experience. The restaurant’s rustic-chic ambiance, coupled with its open kitchen concept, invites diners to witness the artistry behind each dish. Twin copper-clad, wood-burning ovens churn out pizzas with crispy crusts, while freshly extruded pastas showcase the restaurant’s commitment to quality and tradition.


Recently, I had the pleasure of indulging in a mommy and me date at L’Amico, and it was truly a culinary revelation. Alongside my 7-year-old, we savored an array of exquisite dishes, from Grilled Octopus to Seafood Agnolotti, each one a testament to Chef Tourondel’s culinary expertise.

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What truly sets L’Amico apart, however, is its unparalleled service. From the moment we stepped through the doors, we were greeted with warmth and hospitality, making our dining experience all the more memorable.

As we basked in the afterglow of our sumptuous meal, we had the honor of speaking with Chef Proprietor Laurent Tourondel himself. Reflecting on the current trends in the food industry, Chef Tourondel shared his insight, saying, “Right now, the dining scene is all about the fusion of comfort and sophistication. At L’Amico, we embrace this by highlighting rustic, seasonal Italian flavors with a more modern twist, ensuring each dish is not only comforting but also beautifully crafted.”

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Indeed, our experience at L’Amico was a testament to Chef Tourondel’s philosophy—an exquisite blend of accessibility and aspiration that invites guests to explore new culinary horizons while savoring the comforts of familiar flavors.

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In a city known for its culinary diversity, L’Amico stands out as a beacon of excellence—a place where fine dining that creates memories that linger long after the last bite is savored. So, whether you’re embarking on a mommy and me date or simply seeking a culinary adventure, L’Amico promises an unforgettable experience that tantalizes the senses and nourishes the soul.

Check out some of our favorite dishes and watch our recap below!

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