BiCE Ristorante

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BiCE Ristorante
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BiCE Ristorante matchbook circa 1994
Restaurant information
Established 1987 (1987)
Current owner(s) Pier Mario Delrosso
Head chef Silverio Chavez
Food type Italian
Street address 7 East 54th Street
City New York City
State New York
Postal code/ZIP 10022
Country United States
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Reservations Accepted
Other information Phone: 212-688-1999
Website BiceNewYork.com

BiCE Ristorante (or known simply as BiCE) is an Italian restaurant located in New York City. Opening in 1987, the restaurant was popular with an upscale New York City clientele. It was described, soon after opening, by the New York Times as being "too chic, too crowded, too self-consciously European—yet everyone wants to visit." The restaurant almost closed in 2011 due to financial troubles. Crain's New York Business called BiCE an "institution".[1]

Background

BiCE is located in Midtown Manhattan and was founded, in 1987, by Roberto Ruggeri. Ruggeri was inspired by his mother's restaurant in Milan, Italy which was founded in 1926, where he worked with his brother, Remo Ruggeri. Both brothers are still involved in BiCE today. The restaurant is the same name as their mother's restaurant, which was also her nickname, short for Beatrice Mungai Ruggeri.[2] The restaurant, and its international sister restaurants, suffered greatly due to the Great Recession. In 2011, the restaurant almost closed due to debt. It was bought out by a family friend in January 2011 and remained under the Ruggeri name. The restaurant had its interior updated and a restaurant manager and a marketing executive were hired. Famous customers include Bill Blass.[1]

Their head chef is Silverio Chavez, who was born in Mexico.[3]

Cuisine

In January 2013, BiCE added a prix fixe meal which cost patrons $2,013 to purchase, gratuity included, for the restaurants 25th anniversary.[4][5] The meal comes with calamari, a veal dish, and the main dish, which is set on a Versace designed plate and consists of tagliolini, made in house, mushrooms, two pounds of lobster and black truffles.[4][6] Chocolate mousse was served for dessert. Customers were given the Versace plate as a take home gift, which sold at the time at retail for $350.[4] Gianni Versace used to dine at the Milan restaurant, and before his death in 1997, he created a chinaware design for the restaurant. 800 plates were created and as of January 2013, 45 remained.[3] The meal was sold for a limited time, until February 15, 2013.[6]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Fickenscher, Lisa. "The Bice empire comes back from the brink". News. Crains New York Business. Retrieved September 29, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  3. 3.0 3.1 Whitelocks, Sadie (January 8, 2013). "The world's most expensive pasta? Restaurant launches $2,013 dish topped with lobster and black truffle". Femail. London: The Daily Mail. Retrieved September 29, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Bindley, Katherine (January 8, 2013). "$2,000 Pasta Meal Offered at Bice Restaurant in New York City". New York. Huffington Post. Retrieved September 29, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Sutherland, Amber. "2,000 clam$ – for pasta?!". Metro. New York Post. Retrieved September 29, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 6.0 6.1 Carlson, Jen. "Here's The Plate of Pasta That's Selling For Over $2,000 in Midtown". Gothamist. Retrieved September 29, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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