Locally Sourced Italian Sings in NOHO
By Valerie Vitali
A magical Italian restaurant was created in Noho under the hands of three long-term partners. Vic’s is the passionate result of Victoria Freeman, Marc Meyer and Chris Paraskevaide’s renovation — it is now a reimagined Mediterranean restaurant. once called Five Points, with a new chief chef, Hillary Sterling. Focusing on locally sourced ingredients, including New York State flour used for the homemade pizzas and pastas; a variety of fresh Italian-influenced dishes now rise from the wood-burning oven.
Stroll through Noho and be drawn in by the bright red bricks on the restaurant’s facade and white doors with a light-blue striped awning that reads, “Vic’s.” Walk into a well-lit, open wood-floored room illuminated by hints of lime and suspended lights under a coffered ceiling. Sit inside, or outside on the patio in the warm weather and enjoy brunch. Share freshly baked Focaccia bread with tomato, garlic and creamy ricotta. Bite into the Roasted Brisket and Egg sandwich with pickled peppers, sweet onions, a dash of mint and crispy potatoes. Or try the Soppressata Pizza with Calabrian chilies, mozzarella and savory thyme. Cool off with a refreshing Bloody Mary, imagined five ways, or share a pitcher of the Southern Mary, with Bacon-infused Bourbon, maple syrup with a salt and sugar rim. Sip a Basilica Mary, a basil-infused vodka, with balsamic and a salt-and-pepper cracked rim.
Start off with Roasted Beets served with blood oranges and poppy seeds. Share fresh, Crispy Baby Squid family style, served with pickled peppers, garlic and oregano vinaigrette. Choose from the succulent Roasted Chicken served with charred broccoli, sweet baby onions, fingerlings, chilies and basil, or for the meat lovers, Skirt Steak served with roasted mushrooms and salsa verde for an entree.
Enjoy the taste of freshly baked pizza, ordering the Spinach pizza, with crescenza, Fresno chilies and lemon. On a warm spring evening fall in love with the Fregola —a Sardinian couscous with fresh Maine crab, refreshing lemon, chilies, green onions and garlic. Their “Borsa” pasta (meaning little purse), filled with ricotta, hazelnut and lemon is a little burst of heaven in your mouth. These soft and decadent pillows of pleasure are a standout on the menu.
End your meal with a Chocolate Mascarpone Torta, with salted caramel, orange and pistachio. Watch the sunset with an Affogato, sweet walnut gelato, amaro, walnuts and smooth espresso. Cleanse your palate with lemon rosemary Sorbetti. Relax with the ZZZ tea by Serendipitea, with chamomile and lavender, or sip on a house-made limoncello liqueur.
Stroll off into the night after savoring the comfort of Vic’s Italian cuisine.
31 Great Jones Street
New York, NY