The historic One Fifth building receives a rustic Italian restaurant from Marc Forgione

Greenwich Village‘s most legendary address has had a makeover!

Marc Forgione, the chef and restaurateur behind Peasant and his eponymous restaurant Marc Forgione, has taken over the former Otto space inside the iconic One Fifth building, launching a rustic new restaurant that nods to its Italian heritage and the history of the region.

Named for its location and the 1970s restaurant that once stood there, A fifth embraces the property’s century-old heritage with Art Deco design elements, antique Italian accents, wood furnishings, and curated artwork celebrating the building’s famous residents and historic events.

The 50-seat bar room overlooks a pasta-making station, while the expansive 145-seat dining room sends guests back in time with reclaimed woodwork, 19th-century-inspired chandeliers, and a heritage piano (which also serves bar Amaro).

The hearty nostalgia extends to the menu, which features an abundance of Italian small plates, homemade pasta, pina (i.e. Roman-style pizza) and a rotating selection of seasonal vegetables sourced from the market. neighbor of Union Square Greenmarket. Menu highlights currently include red pepper rigatoni with duck sausage, smoked linguine with manila clams and green garlic gremolata, smashed burrata with peaches and cucumbers and piccata de Snowdance chicken, plus a selection of comforting desserts and pastries. The extensive wine list is complemented by classic cocktails with an Italian twist, created by restaurant friend Jeff Bell (of PDT fame).

Italy meets old New York – what’s not to love?

Click for a first look inside!

[Photos by Evan Sung courtesy One Fifth]

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