Photo: Brian Park
Restauranteur Mark Barak gives his Provençal restaurant Claudette an Italian cousin with the opening of La Pecora Bianca in NoMad this week. Translating to “the white sheep” in Italian, the restaurant serves a casual but classic Italian menu that focuses on light, seasonal cooking made with local ingredients, most of which are sourced from the Hudson Valley. The space, located in the historic St. James building on Broadway, is reminiscent of an Italian farmhouse. The 85-seat dining room features a mix of wood and marble-top tables, mossy green chairs, and wooden floors. A marble wine bar and staircase, plus hand-painted wall tiles, add to the rustic, homey vibe.
Chef Simone Bonelli’s menu emphasizes pasta and vegetable dishes that suit well for summer dining. Antipasti plates include a gazpacho with beets, red peppers, watermelon and strawberries, and Long Island fluke crudo. The selection of housemade pastas features sheep’s milk ricotta cavatelli with blue crab, summer squash, mint and breadcrumbs, and durum trenetti with clams, chorizo and tomatoes. The wine list is strictly Italian, featuring more than 100 bottles as well as wines by the glass and carafe. Cocktail wise, there’s a wide selection of Italian aperitivos, Negronis, and prosecco-based drinks.
The restaurant is currently open for dinner from 5 PM to midnight, and will start breakfast, lunch, and all-day service soon.