With its warm primary color scheme and series of intimate dining rooms, Vico warms you up right as you walk in the door. The restaurant is at once homey and modern, quaint and quintessentially New York. The art on the walls, provided by a family friend, is a series of splashy abstracts that mirror the profusion of flowers on the outdoor terrace. –Our Man on the Ground read more
New York is great and all, but every now and then we need a little getaway. The Hudson River Valley presents us with many opportunities to enjoy nature, culture and great food as well, as many well trained and experienced chefs choose to settle in the region to benefit from and support local agriculture…. At Vico you’ll find cheerful Tuscan fare and a nice atmosphere, which might be just what you need as you head back to the train station and New York. –Serious Eats New York read more
A former confectionery is about as far away from Tuscany as it is from the moon, but the Italian-inspired menu that has supplanted the sweet shop brings fresh Mediterranean flavors right to the table. “The menu is Tuscan inspired — with a French influence,” said Mark Ganem, chef and co-owner of Vico restaurant & bar on Warren Street in Hudson. He and his partner, Adam Klersfeld, moved to Columbia County in 2000 and opened the restaurant in 2006. –Kingston Daily Freeman read more
First there was the introduction of a bit of Norway into Hudson’s eclectic dining scene. Now, in the same space, there is a bit of Tuscany, and it is a good thing.
Partners Mark Ganem, the chef, and Adam Klersfeld, the manager, established Vico restaurant and bar several months ago to “bring the warmth of Italian hospitality and the bounty of the Hudson Valley to Warren Street.”. –Albany Times Union read more
Among the culinary pearls that ornament antiques-laden Warren Street in downtown Hudson, two-year-old Vico Restaurant & Bar shines on several counts. It is a sincere and genial spot, always eager to please, and with a chef who turns out honest, regional Italian fare employing the best of the Valley’s provender. —Hudson Valley Magazine read more
Mark Ganem got his first glimpse of Columbia County when he came up from New York City to interview Spencertown artist Ellsworth Kelly for W magazine. Now, years later, he is chef and co-owner of Vico Restaurant on lower Warren Street.
Having a literary adventure lead to the kitchen is nothing new for Mr. Ganem. He mastered Italian cooking at a bed-and-breakfast near Florence, where he was planning to settle in and write a novel after giving up his job as Milan bureau chief for Women’s Wear Daily. —The Independent read more
Mark Ganem, chef-owner of Vico, graduated summa cum laude with a degree in biology from Harvard University. Although immersed in a serious course of study, Mr. Ganem found time to be part of the Harvard Lampoon, an organization presided over at that time by Conan O’Brien, now the host of Late Night with Conan O’Brien, on NBC.
Mr. Ganem and Mr. O’Brien danced on tables during the ritual lobster and champagne parties that were part of Lampoon life. They are friends to this day. Mr. O’Brien was present for the preopening party for Vico. —The Independent read more
Vico has already made a name for itself with customers for its inventive take on the cuisine of northern Italy’s Tuscany region as well as its relaxed atmosphere, which includes a deck and garden. This month, the 65-seat restaurant added a full bar and a complete list of Italian wines by the bottle and glass to its offerings. Says Chef-Owner Mark Ganem, “We’re delighted to be able to offer a full dining experience that reflects the tastes of Tuscany, from locally grown produce and meat to traditional Italian salumi and a great selection of wines perfect for the season.” –Hudson Register-Star read more
Tuscan-inspired dining, the legacy of chef-owner Mark Ganem’s time in Italy. The result: items like fettuccine Botticelli, topped with a cream sauce, porcini mushrooms, asparagus and edible flowers, so it really does look like a work of art. Other items in the changing menu could include grilled rosemary-crusted lamb and preparations of tuna, chicken and duck. Warm ambiance, two working fireplaces, excellent pasta and a killer bistecca Fiorentina. —Metroland read more