In true Milanese style, Nomad Girl is an all-day café and ristorante in the heart of Nomad. Nomad is known as a hotbed of luxury condominiums, where a growing number of luxury hotels are based. Nomad Girl is located in the new heart of Nomad Square With a concentration of trendy bars, lounges and restaurants, the area is set as a destination to meet friends and enjoy traditional Italian cuisine. The restaurant was conceived by hospitality veterans Alex Cesaria and Rich Simeone, who met in Aspen, Colorado.
Born in Milan, Italy, Alex Cesaria arrived in New York a few years ago after traveling around the world. First stepping into the art world, Alex owned and operated his UniX art galleries in Miami and New York. He opened his first restaurant, Il Piccolo Ristro, in Chelsea in 2017, attracting a wealthy clientele until the pandemic forced it to close. Having started his career as a lawyer, Rich Simeone has been in the industry for over 25 years and has over 30 casual and fine dining restaurants in Florida, California, Colorado and New York. This partnership combines the expertise of the two: Alex’s creativity and Rich’s ambition for discipline and scalability. Both want quality and consistency as part of their new brand.
Two creative nomad girls serve casual Italian cuisine with an emphasis on high quality organic ingredients. Several of the authentic Italian menus have been created through his collaboration with Chef Fernando Baez (formerly of Bottega Del Vino).
The experience begins in the morning with a small batch of Delaria Coffee, New York City’s first Italian coffee roaster, in the Astoria Tempesta, the official espresso machine of the World Barista Championship. With Nomad Girl’s three independent grinders, her Tempesta makes every drink incredibly customizable with adjustable pre-infusion, pressure and temperature controls for perfect coffee brewing. Espresso is the perfect match for Nomad Girl’s selection of freshly baked croissants and beignets. Other breakfast menu items include Avocado He Toast, Smoked Salmon, Eggs Benedict, Pancakes, Two Eggs Any Style with Truffle Potatoes and Toast.
Nomad Girl’s lunch menu includes a selection of Italian sandwiches, salads, and pastas. One of her signature lunch menus is the Piadina, a rustic sandwich made on a flatbread flown in directly from Italy. Piadina options include the Wicked V stuffed with eggplant, avocado, corn, tomato and mixed greens. Il Siciliano Incazzato is made with spicy sopressata, eggplant, smoked mozzarella and salsa rosa, a homemade pink sauce infused with brandy.
At noon, we also prepare handmade pasta little by little for nomad girls. Tagliatelle bolognese, fresh tagliatelle pasta with veal and beef bolognese sauce, ravioli with spinach and ricotta in a creamy tomato sauce.
Other lunch options include toasted paninis such as tentadine, shrimp, smoked mozzarella, arugula, 24-month aged prosciutto, and salsa rosa. Hamilton, tuna with marinated artichoke cores. Il Forzto, organic chicken breast, mozzarella cheese, tomato, pesto sauce. Salad selections include his NoMad, mixed greens topped with hard-boiled eggs, cherry tomatoes, corn, olives, and cucumbers. Farro, red beets, feta cheese, homemade farro dressing.
As night falls, the lights dim, the soft music becomes more lively, and the Negroni current flows, as nomad girls change into their evening wear.
The dinner menu is classic Italian fare, with appetizers such as beautifully marbled Prosciutto di Parma aged for 24 months and buffalo mozzarella served with Prosciutto et Mozzarella, along with arugula salad, shaved Parmesan cheese and mustard sauce. Appetizers such as wagyu beef carpaccio are served.
Highlights of the evening’s handcrafted pasta were the Gnocchi Ciccio Bello, a tomato and mozzarella-stuffed gnocchi served in a pesto and tomato sauce, and a short spiral dish served with cherry tomatoes and basil pesto and topped with creamy burrata. Trophy pesto e burrata, which is a pasta.
Dinner also features USDA Prime Organic certified skirt steak and pollo Milanese, both served with arugula salad and shaved parmigiano. Tuna tossed with sesame, onions, avocado and cherry tomatoes served with a mixed green salad. Served with grilled organic salmon and sautéed vegetables.
The dinner menu is supplemented with seasonal weekly specials such as branzino sautéed in lemon butter sauce with fresh seasonal vegetables.
For dessert, Nomad Girl offers tiramisu, Nutella piadina, and other desserts of the day.
On Saturdays and Sundays, Nomad Girl serves brunch with sweet treats like Waffles & Hugs and homemade waffles with Nutella. French toast with berries and maple syrup. Enjoy savory dishes such as Good Morning Little Piggy, fried eggs with Parma ham, and toast. Crab Benedict, lump crabmeat topped with poached egg and hollandaise sauce, served with mixed greens. Avocado no break, multigrain toast topped with avocado and poached egg. Panini, pasta and salad from the lunch menu are also included.
Nomad Girl’s international and balanced wine program offers a curated selection of new and old world wines. Pinot Noir from Oregon to Washington and beautiful white wines from Italy, Greece, Austria and France. The cocktail bar serves Italian cocktails that will make you feel like you are in Milan, and specialties such as Negroni and Espresso Martini made with Delaria espresso.
Nomad Girl is located in a modern and stylishly designed space with graywashed walls. The chic steel front bar is backlit in warm brown tones and soft lighting. The entire interior uses shades of nude and cappuccino brown, with wooden furniture, hanging plants, and art from Alex’s UniX gallery, giving the restaurant a relaxed feel.