I TRE MERLI was born in 1980 when we renovated an old working-class wine bar in the heart of Genoa, transforming it into a locale where hip, young people could enjoy traditional dishes accompanied by local and prized wines, bottled in our own cellar.
In 1985 this concept was exported, with the opening of I TRE MERLI Restaurant and Wine Bar in New York, in the trendy neighborhood of SoHo. This restaurant was immediately successful, an early ambassador of the new Italian Style in food and design. Drawing much attention and a celebrity crowd, we were able to replicate I TRE MERLI Restaurant in Miami Beach and Chicago in the following years, and then open several new locations in Genoa, Italy. I TRE MERLI Bistro was in the West Village from 2003 to 2008, and I TRE MERLI has now opened a new location in New York City's Meatpacking District.
Housed in a space that maintains the building's original exposed brick, metal hardware, and high ceilings, our aesthetic is the perfect blend of New York's urban ruggedness and Italy's alluring rustic style. Our garden is complemented by a retractable roof that makes dining alfresco a year round possibility.
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