Owner Gianfranco Sorrentino is a Neapolitan with a passion for Mediterranean cucina shared with his wife Paula. Every detail matters to them. Their careers began with a restaurant inside MOMA almost twenty years ago, which opened the way to success for this family of enlightened restaurateurs who hold high the standards of cucina italiana in New York. Il Gattopardo is the most prestigious of the family’s restaurants. Il Gattopardo is located in the Rockefeller Townhouse, the Rockefeller residence until 1959, and offers a refined Southern Italian comfort food.Talented chef Vito Gnazzo is known for having refused to Americanize his dishes, while managing to adapt his own vision of Mediterranean cooking to modern palates. Try the rigatoni with spicy ‘nduja susage and red onions, paccheri di gragnano with baby artichokes and lobster ragout and sformato di grana padano and melanzana scented with fresh basil. From the secondi, the codfish in casseruola is a must and red snapper in a cucumber crust. The cuisine is an example of balanced flavor thanks to masterfully handling of the basic ingredients. Flavor fusion is perfection. The wine list is structured well and adds an extra dimension to the fine dining experience.