Nathalie de la Fontaine, Owner
Machiavelli restaurant is the inspiration of veteran restaurateur Nathalie de la Fontaine, owner of the popular La Focaccia restaurant in New York’s Village for nearly 20 years, she dreamed of a restaurant that offered the finest authentic Italian food, hand-made pasta, beautiful décor, art, and live music. Machiavelli is her dream realized.
Having lived extensively in Italy, Nathalie envisioned a restaurant that captured the magical beauty of Renaissance Italy as well as the exquisite food. She commissioned talented artisans, woodworkers, ceramists, a sculptor and a blacksmith to create the art and décor that fill Machiavelli.
There are live classical or jazz performances daily. Talented musicians, many who attend the nearby renowned Mannes College of Music, help create the perfect dining atmosphere.
Gian Pietro Ferro
Gian Pietro Ferro’s enthusiasm and love for great Italian food is legendary. His passion for cooking
began at a very young age, in his uncle’s restaurant in the small town in Italy, where he grew up. After studying at Scuola Alberghiera, followed by a few years working in Italy, he was recruited by Trust House Forte Hotel Group to work in New York City, where he has lived and worked since 1987.
He was Executive Chef at New York’s Osteria al Doge and Cinquanta. While Head Chef and Chef de Cuisine at the reknowned Fiorello’s and Trattoria Dell’Arte, Critic Gael Green, in his New Yorker review exclaimed, “Fiorello’s has awakened from its mid-life stodge”!
Chef Gian Pietro will delight in combining seasonal, Mediterranean ingredients to create delicious, traditional dishes with a fresh, modern feel just for you.