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 grilled octopus with baked potatoes, celery hearts and Castelvetrano olives and the striking Spaghetti with grey mullet bottarga with a touch of Calabrian red pepper. From the secondi, the codfish in casseruola is a must. 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.