"Gente Ristorante Italiano offers a touch of Milan in New York City on 45th street. Gente means people; our positioning statement is people, pasta, pleasure. Jay B. Mitchell, owner and executive chef, serves up honest well-prepared Italian cuisine directly influenced by his over 100 visits to Italy.
Our soups are freshly made daily using all vegetarian ingredients. We serve Panini, Pasta, Pizza, and Salads that are all natural. We offer seasonal dishes like Roman-style baby artichokes and a long list of wines by the glass. Gente also has a fully licensed bar with a wide selection of alcohol. Gelato and sorbetto are flown in daily from Milan and we also have exceptional homemade biscotti.
We have an array of specials every day, guaranteed to please everyone’s taste buds. "
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Gente is a small, cute restaurant with several small 2 or 4 person tables close to each other. Also saw a few larger round tables for bigger groups. Food was decent and service was pleasant, although they were trying to rush us to order at the beginning and then when we said we needed a minute more, they didn’t come back for another 15 minutes. We weren’t checked on either after receiving our food. Portion sizes are large and decent value for the money. This seems like a good spot for a business lunch, as service could be quick and efficient if they choose to do so.