Fiamma's Osteria in SoHo just closed.
Fiamma was owned by BR Guest Restaurants, which also shuttered several of its other restaurants in January: Ruby Foo’s and Level V in Manhattan, and Blue Water Grill in Chicago.
Some of the best Italian in the city. Been a patron since its opening in 2002, coinciding with my relocation to Manhattan. I recommended to everyone, had dates there, great client meetings, happy hours. It typified the best of New York to me, its amber ambiance always a welcoming envelope.
I walked by its locked doors this past week, and the pilot light in my heart sputtered.
Might I now suggest L'Impero in Tudor City?