Opening of La Pecora Bianca’s New UES Restaurant Delayed Again

La Pecora Bianca's UES location on Second Avenue/Upper East Site
La Pecora Bianca's UES location on Second Avenue/Upper East Site

MANHATTAN – The long wait for the popular Italian restaurant La Pecora Bianca to finally open the doors to its new Upper East Side location is getting a little longer. The group, which has five restaurants across Manhattan, revealed to Upper East Site it won’t be opening the UES location this Spring, as previously planned.

Last summer, signage went up covering the windows of La Pecora Bianca’s space, located at the corner of Second Avenue and East 81st Street, promising the restaurant would be ‘Opening Soon.’

Whipped ricotta with country bread at La Pecora Bianca
Whipped ricotta with country bread at La Pecora Bianca/Xi Guo, @xisquared

That timeline would eventually be pushed back— first to Early 2022, then Spring 2022, and now Upper East Site has learned the vibrant Italian restaurant’s opening has slid back once again, this time to Summer 2022– and restaurant says it’s due to construction delays. 

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Photos taken Tuesday show the interior of La Pecora Bianca’s space at 1562 Second Avenue is still very much raw, with construction workers seen inside.

Construction underway inside La Pecora Bianca's UES space/Upper East Site
Construction underway inside La Pecora Bianca’s UES space/Upper East Site

Once the space is transformed into La Pecora Bianca, which means “the white sheep” in Italian, you’ll find a comfortable and stylish restaurant with warm, inviting colors in the dining area. 

Their slogan is ‘In Pasta We Trust,’ and you can trust they know their pasta— all handmade with sauces that put a modern take on Italian classics.

Signage outside La Pecora Bianca's UES space/Upper East Site
Signage outside La Pecora Bianca’s UES space/Upper East Site

From traditional spaghetti topped with pomodoro sauce and basil to gramigna, a curly pasta that comes with house-made sausage, broccolini and chili flakes, there’s something for everyone. 

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The campanelle with roasted wild mushrooms, arugula pesto, garlic and pecorino is also a popular choice– and you can start your meal with an appetizer dish of whipped ricotta with truffle honey and country toast. 

Gramigna and campagnalle dishes at La Pecora Bianca
Gramigna and campagnalle dishes at La Pecora Bianca/Xi Guo, @xisquared

If all those carbs aren’t your jam, they’ve also got a selection of fresh salads topped with chicken, shrimp or salmon, as well as an assortment of entrees including a strip steak, braised pork and scallops.

Just don’t forget to finish your meal with Tiramisu, which comes decorated with their little sheep logo on it. 

Tiramisu with sheep logo at La Pecora Bianca
Tiramisu with sheep logo at La Pecora Bianca/Xi Guo, @xisquared

If you can’t wait until this summer for La Pecora Bianca to open on the Upper East Side, you can check out their closest restaurant to the neighborhood, located in Midtown on Second Avenue at East 50th Street.

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