Ristorante wine bar
Felice delivers the authentic Tuscan flavors to the most dynamic city in the world, New York City
This cozy NYC restaurant showcases a relaxed ambience, with subdued lighting, exposed brick walls lined with linear shelves filled with wine, as well as rich, tufted leather seats. Italian wines and flavors from Tuscany are now served in a modern space, infused with traditional elements, on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Felice features classic Italian dishes from the menu of its sister restaurant, Sant Ambroeus, as well as tasting items and small plates.
Felice offers a unique wine list composed of over 100 bottles of white, red and sparkling Italian wines with 18 wines offered by the glass. The owner, young Italian entrepreneur, Jacopo Giustiniani, has always been driven by an integral part of his family's winery in Italy, the Fattoria Sardi. He was raised in the heart of Tuscany and immersed at an early stage into the wine culture. He has been working on his lifelong dream of installing an authentic Italian wine bar culture in New York City.
Co-Owner, Felice Restaurant and Wine Bar
Jacopo Giustiniani, a native of Italy, has wine culture in his blood. Surrounded by oenophiles, he was raised between his family’s winery, the Fattoria Sardi in Lucca, and his hometown of Florence. In December 2007, Jacopo turned his passion for preserving the traditions of Italian wines into Felice Wine Bar on the Upper East Side. Through Felice, Jacopo brings New Yorkers a personal experience based on his cultural values and his family’s legacy.
During his formal education at Università di Firenze (University of Florence), he spent a lot of time overseeing and learning at his family winery. The Fattoria Sardi includes 19 hectares (47 acres) of vineyards located in the renowned wine region of Colline Lucchesi. The Fattoria Sardi has belonged to the Sardi family since the nineteenth century. At Fattoria, the family immediately enhanced the oenological potential of the land by implemented modern techniques and adding a charming Agriturismo (farmhouse accommodations) for visitors. Jacopo’s brother also decided to expand the vineyards and transform one hectare into an experimental area for introducing new grape varietals to Colline Lucchesi.
After earning a business degree in 2004 and a Master’s degree in 2006, Jacopo moved to the US to become the wine buyer for the Sant Ambroeus group (with locations on the Upper East Side, in the West Village, Soho and Southampton). He brought his young and active management style as well as his family’s extensive knowledge of wine production to the restaurant.
Within of a year of relocating to his adoptive city of New York, Jacopo conceptualized and brought to life a place where tradition meets modernity and uptown meets downtown: Felice Wine Bar. For Felice, he continually seeks out exceptional Italian wines, crafting a highly edited and unique list of 20 wines by the glass and 100 wines by the bottle. The list integrates the Fattoria Sardi labels: Vermentino, Sebastiano and the namesake Felice Bianco, Rosè and Rosso. The restaurant also offers a full menu of time-honored Italian dishes and small plates for wine pairing. Felice Restaurants and Wine Bar exemplifies Jacopo’s philosophy that simple wine and food create the basis of a beautiful daily experience. In the recent years Jacopo accomplished the expansion of the Felice brand which currently has four locations in Manhattan: Felice Wine Bar on 64th Street and 1st Avenue; Felice Ristorante on 83rd Street and 1st Avenue; Felice Restaurant and Wine bar at Gild Hall Hotel on 15 Gold Street; and BAR FELICE on 1st Avenue and 83rd Street.