Our Location & Its History
A fixture of New York’s famed Restaurant Row, in the heart of NY’s Theater District, Lattanzi Ristorante now occupies two historic brownstones at 359-361 West 46th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. Over the decades, the restaurant has grown from a single dining room seating just 60 to spacious facilities on multiple floors accommodating as many as 300.
Within six years of opening in 1984, Lattanzi’s reputation for unique Italian restaurant dining in New York grew to the point where added space was needed. Renting the unused building next door at 359 let us open the adjoining bottom floors, resulting in two dining rooms. An indoor patio and outdoor garden were added in 1993. The setting and layout allowed VIP guests to dine in respected privacy, while the extra space made accommodating pre-theater diners easier. A second floor area was transformed into an indoor smoking lounge complete with its own separate bar in 1995. When indoor smoking was outlawed in New York, this section of the restaurant was converted into an auxiliary dining room and private party lounge.
But like the city we’re in, nothing stands still. Ever-growing demand meant a major redesign during 2002-2004. To better provide the Italian restaurant food for which Lattanzi is famed, a technologically advanced kitchen traded spaces with the garden and patio, and a beautiful Tuscan terrace, with its benches, flowers and Italian vases bringing the countryside to the city, was built over the new kitchen. The street-level bar was added, its black marble and mahogany forming the background for a comfortable retreat for diners awaiting tables. Areas the public never sees – but which allow Lattanzi to function to perfection – include offices, refrigerated storage areas, and a second wine cellar which allowed us to add many fine wines to an already expansive list.
Our location, in the New York theater district’s Restaurant Row, is home base to various events throughout the year, including the Taste of Times Square in June, and Broadway on Broadway each September. But nothing equals the festivities each New Year’s Eve – a fixture of the Times Square area since December 31, 1904. Lattanzi makes an ideal base for each of these celebrations and others throughout the year.