IMG_8379 SD26 celebrates five years with a fundraising event in partnership with The James Beard Foundation. SD26 is a fantastic Italian restaurant and wine bar on Madison Avenue, overlooking Madison Square Park. This gorgeous spot is seductive and lively, serving fresh cuts of Italian meats, hand made pizzas, and pastas that will win your heart.

Tony May and Marisa May set up the Tony May Scholarship for Italian Culinary Studies. This ensures that fine Italian cuisine lives on, and helps deserving culinary focused students pursue their dreams. The night was filled with great wines, cocktails, and a bubbly bar. Chef Matteo Bergamini and his creative culinary staff wowed guests with plates of Octopus, Veal, family style Pastas, trays of hand made Pizzas, and light bites. For those who sought after the Prosciutto table (like myself) they had an entire set up of Cheeses and Meats freshly sliced per order.

“It feels like just yesterday that we opened the doors to SD26 but now with five years under our belts, we feel it’s important to look forward to our industry’s future in Italian Culinary Arts. Promoting education has always been something close to my heart, whether through my work with the Culinary Institute of America or with my culinary school in Italy. With this new scholarship program I hope to ensure that the legacy of fine Italian cuisine lives on,” stated Tony May, founder and co-owner of SD26.

IMG_8408Alongside the house made Porchetta, roasted SucklingPpig, Sorana Beans & Shrimp Salad with rosemary and olive oil, Veal filled “Ravioli del Plin” with butter and sage, and Braised Beef Cheeks, was live music from Hoffman Basentini Ensemble featuring Alice Ricciardi and DJ Leo from Rome, Italy.

This night was surely one for the books, and I can’t wait to see culinary dreams come true with this wonderful scholarship opportunity. For those of you who haven’t been to SD26, be sure to make it one of your dining destinations on your list. The food is spectacular, the atmosphere is seductive, and the wine is always wonderful.


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