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THE LEOPARD at des Artistes finds its roots in the area once known as “The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies” (mid 1800s) and in the culinary traditions of the regions of Campania, Basilicata, Calabria, Apulia, Sardinia, and of course Sicily, reaching a balance between dishes based on rural elements, such as pasta, vegetables, cheese, and seafood ingredients from the Costiera. The Kingdom, Naples as capital, was the largest and wealthiest of the states before Italian unification. Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa’s master piece, Il Gattopardo (Italian for The Leopard) chronicles the changes in Sicilian life and society during the Risorgimento, period when Giuseppe Garibaldi, the hero of Italian unification, swept through Sicily with his forces, known as The Thousand, to create the single state of Italy in the 19th century.
Everyday food done with respect to Southern Italian cultural traditions, absolute quality of ingredients, hospitality, and outstanding service is our formula, and life passion. We look forward to welcoming you to our home, in one of the most iconic spaces in New York City, Hotel des Artistes. Buon appetito!