Conceptualized by Giuseppe Di Martino, third generation owner of the famous Pastificio Di Martino, The Oval is nestled in the well-designed space of La Devozione in Chelsea Market. The Chef’s Tasting Experience will take diners on a culinary journey for the best use of Di Martino’s varied pasta shapes with imported and local seasonal ingredients. Each dish on the seven-course pasta tasting menu is based on classic Italian recipes, reinvented by Giuseppe and Executive Chef Alessio Rossetti in a modern and experimental way.
The Oval is unlike any other experience in New York. Every aspect of every dish is steeped in specificity, starting with the uniqueness of dry pasta shapes paired with specific ingredients and flavor notes. Dishes are presented with custom-made crockery and cutlery, as well as Zalto glassware, all designed to enhance the dining experience. As each dish is prepared in its own pan, The Oval becomes a showpiece, as the chef has 750 pans at his disposal, creating intricate pasta dishes a minute in front of the customer. Classes are paced so that the chef can serve up to fifteen diners at a time, including parties with different start times. As the perfect pasta is served al dente, Giuseppe devised a serving method at The Oval to allow diners to indulge in the pasta at its peak texture, between 10 and 40 seconds after the dish is finished.
To perfect the service, Giuseppe has recruited a trio of Eleven Madison Park alumni, including general manager/wine director Max Tierno, who began his wine career working under Laura Fiorvanti (Corkbuzz) for five years. before moving to Eleven Madison Park’s summer home in the Hamptons and Winter House in Aspen Colorado before joining the team at the three-star Michelin Flatironlocation where he worked with the Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning wine program, gaining experience serving the most prestigious wines in the world; Sommelier Janelle Jirau graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 2017 and went on to work at The Dutch and STARR restaurants before arriving at La Devozione; and bar manager Cristhian Rodriguez who embarked on a career behind the bar at the NoMad Hotel, where he immersed himself in the methodology of creating and serving the perfect cocktail before transferring to Eleven Madison Park.
Wine programme: At La Devozione, General Manager/Wine Director Max Tierno curated a wine list with a focus on France and Italy, from a mix of classic producers from regions such as Champagne, Burgundy and Piedmont. The program features promising new producers from developing wine regions like Campania, Calabria and Sicily to complement the cuisine.
The bar program also features a number of Zero ABV cocktails like Commedia al Pomodoro, Tomato Water, Basil and Blood Orange Soda; Frutta Frizzante, roasted pineapple bush, coconut and sparkling water; Rose & Cardamom, an alcohol-free version of pinot noir made with roses, hibiscus, cardamom and cocoa.
The Oval serves a four-course tasting menu priced at $95 for lunch and a seven-course menu priced at $165 for dinner. Diners have the option of adding a wine pairing for an additional $95. Cocktail pairings are also available.
Places are by reservation only and are available through Resy.
LOCATION: Inside Chelsea Market: 75 9e Avenue, New York, NY 10011
Newly Launched 16 Exclusivee Entrance Street: 428 West 16e Street
PHONE: (646) 720-0215
HOURS: Wednesday – Sunday 12pm-3pm; 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
SEATING CAPACITY: 30