The outside of Cucina Ciano's ...a fabulous
A Day in the Life of Michelle-Marie Heinemann
November 8, 2013
Last evening my husband and I were invited to a private
Cucina Ciano's signature cocktails and rustic cuisine. This
is a lovely neighborhood Restaurant located at 181 East 78th
Street, brought to us by Stratis Morfogen and nightlife
fixture Unik Ernest.
( Morfogen used to own Ciano on 22nd Street, however it
closed in April.)
The space is traditional with a contemporary
flair and I found it to be cozy with the hardwood floor and
tables. There is a large leather banquet in the main dining
room, perfect for large parties. The space was designed by
former Accessories Editor at Vogue, Flilipa Fino, who always does such
clean and inviting work.
The executive chef is Tin Hunyh and some of
the favorites on the menu include: Pan Seared Diver
Scallops, Tre Formaggi Raviolo,
Lobster Fra Diavolo and Pan Seared Giannone Chicken Breast.
Pan Seared Diver Scallops
Tre Formaggi Raviolo
Imported Burrata Cheese
Pan Seared Giannone Chicken Breast
The cocktails were divine and included the
Ginger Snap, 1948 Margarita, and Spiced Pear. The cocktail
menu is extensive and my favorite was the Spiced Pear. I am
strictly a Champagne lover, so I had to switch over after a
few sips but the drink was delicious as far as mixed drinks
It was fabulous to run into friends... Maggie
Norris and Cole Rumbough as well as Kathleen Giordano who
never seems to age and just gets prettier as the years pass
by. Cole is performing at Le Cirque, November 20th from
6:30-9:30 and then again on December 23rd from 8:00-11:00. I look forward
to attending his November performance and bringing my son
After this delightful time my husband and I
headed over to
The Carlyle for a night cap.
Michelle-Marie Heinemann & Jon Heinemann
topping the night off with a nightcap at The Carlyle
Once inside, Bemelmans Bar was completely packed...but we
were spotted by Francois who quickly sat us front and center
to "The Loston Harris Trio."
Loston plays the piano so beautifully and his first song was
"Send in the
Clowns." When I was a little girl my sister Jeannie and I
sang this song at a Church Social. I remember my Mother
dressing us as clowns and belting out the lyrics on stage. I
truly had to contain myself as I had
an uncontrollable urge
to get up and sing with Loston.
( I did sing but quietly to
As the song was ending our Brandy Alexander's
arrived, the best in town. Such a rich classic made with
Cognac, creme de cacao, cream and a little grated nutmeg. A
sweet dream to a beautiful evening!
Until Next Time....xoxo...Michelle-Marie