Our History

On May 1, 1975, Silvano Marchetto opened the doors to what was to become one of the most successful restaurants in New York history. Silvano reinvented Italian restaurants by introducing New Yorkers to Cucina Toscana (Tuscan Cuisine) while injecting a rock ‘n’ roll energy filled with everything that is Downtown cool. The amazing food, the fashionably fabulous customers, and the entertaining environment make Da Silvano a favorite for many. Whether colleagues come to discuss deals over lunch, first dates come to fall in love over dinner, or friends come to enjoy the sidewalk people-watching on a warm evening, few leave without lasting memories.

Serving lunch and dinner seven days a week, the restaurant is always bustling, and continually offers new and innovative menu specials. In the warmer months during Spring, Summer and Fall, the restaurant’s large sidewalk café is the perfect spot to wine and dine with friends and family while taking part in some of the best people watching in Manhattan.

In 1975, before Soho was hip, and Italian restaurants were ubiquitous, Silvano opened Da Silvano in Greenwich Village. Silvano was the first to bring trattoria food to New York, at a time when the term “Italian food” conjured up images of greasy Chicken Parms and Spaghetti Marinara. Silvano’s extensive menu was one of the first to introduce distinctly Tuscan flavors to American palates, emphasizing produce that is in season-with a vast selection of specials that change daily. Originally consisting of a mere four tables in the front room, the restaurant now occupies two rooms side by side, a wide popular sidewalk cafe facing Sixth Avenue, and a popular annex, Da Silvano Cantinetta, just next door.