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Love, Italian Style

The Roman Holiday-styled contemporary décor at Lugo Caffe.
I loved the vintage black-and-white photos that fill the airy and high-ceilinged space.

I know you haven’t heard from me in a while, and my apologies. When you are the global lifestyle editor of a major magazine, it’s all about go, go, go. I have been zipping all over the globe, and my blog duties have fallen to the wayside a tad.

But I am back. So get ready. Let’s talk NYC.

Folks ask me quite often which are my favorite Manhattan restaurants. And I have so many on my short list. Among the tops are classic French bistro Chez Josephine in the Theater District, the lunch counter at Grand Central Oyster Bar, English import Jones Wood Foundry on the Upper East Side, BLT Fish Shack in the Flatiron district for roll-up-your-sleeves lobster rolls and Michael’s, the media cantina on West 55th Street.

But I am always searching for new spots, and I especially love stumbling onto something with wit and verve in an unexpected location. Case in point: I recently attended a meeting in the Penn Station area on West 34th Street, and afterward, hoped to catch a quick bite with my client and perhaps have a wonderful glass of wine.

Dig into a crispy pizza at Lugo topped with basil and house-crafted mozzarella.

Honestly, West 34th Street is not an epicurean heaven, but my trusty assistant, Katie, suggested a spot that she had recently tried in the nabe called Lugo Caffe. And wow! I was really impressed. Step inside from the hustle and bustle of 34th Street, and enter a chic and easy-breezy Italian bistro with lots of good looks and a well-edited menu. The staff couldn’t be any nicer, too, and good service is so important to me. There are terrific crispy pizzas topped with the likes of prosciutto and arugula and spot-on pastas such as the cavatelli with housemade sausage. And the wine list has some great selections culled from Italian vineyards. My client and I settled in and had a terrific meal.

So next time you find yourself near Penn Station and need a bite, pop into Lugo Caffe. I was delightfully surprised. 

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About Jason Oliver Nixon

Jason Oliver Nixon

Global Lifestyle Editor Jason Oliver Nixon is always on the prowl for the latest and greatest finds, whether it’s ferreting out the grooviest new restaurant in Paris or unearthing a home design store in Dubai. "I am attracted by color and energy, passion and verve," says Nixon. "Who wants to be beige and boring?" The former Editor in Chief of Gotham, Hamptons, and Los Angeles Confidential magazines, Nixon makes frequent appearances on television as a style authority. A resident of Brooklyn, New York, Nixon escapes to London whenever possible, where he can be found happily ensconced at Fortnum & Mason perusing new-fangled jams.

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