Every great restaurant starts with a vision. Jonathan Lundy and TJ Cox, owners of Corto Lima, were tasked with the concept development for ItalX in partnership with Greer Companies.
“Together, we have the opportunity to create something special and different on the block we are the proudest of. This collaboration brings innovative ideas to the cornerstone of the City Center project.”
“We sought the best culinary legacy in Lexington and grabbed the Corto Lima duo, Chef Jonathan Lundy & TJ Cox,” said Lee Greer, President. “Together, we have the opportunity to create something special and different on the block we are the proudest of. This collaboration brings innovative ideas to the cornerstone of the City Center project.”
For the interior, the team envisioned an open air market that meets a Mediterranean bistro. From the 300 million year old quartzite bar to the individually laid tile, the mounted ceiling beams to the earthy green velvet banquettes, each detail has been meticulously curated. Interior designer Cara Lundy Drion (who worked on Jonathan’s and Corto Lima) developed luxurious touches with a beautiful wine palette.
“People’s eyes light up when they walk in and we welcome them with warmth and excitement. ItalX has instantly become a total sensory experience,” said Marketing/Media & Brand Design manager Brie Lowry Cox. “Our team is proud to instill our philosophies to one of Lexington’s most prominent corners and newest restaurants as we pay homage to Italian ideals: quality, fresh ingredients and sincere hospitality.”
The menu feels like a marriage of Old World tastes and modern sensibilities. Each dish focuses on simplicity, with a little twist that makes every bite a totally new experience for diners. The pasta is made by hand, an aspect of the eatery that is near and dear to Chef Jonathan Lundy’s heart.
“I have been really excited about the manufacturing of the pasta. Now, it’s so much more than that. I am seeing it all come together from preparations to your table as an experience. ItalX has brought Lexington something new and different,” said Lundy.
The wine is another important piece of what makes ItalX so special. Hand-selected Italian wines help make every meal an eye-opening moment. “My favorite part is watching a guest’s face light up when they experience a new wine for the first time,” said TJ Cox, certified sommelier. “ItalX has shown me that it’s possible to have your favorites for the first time--again. Your favorite Italian dishes are reinvented for the first time... like the fried pizza, just as an example.”
Opening a new restaurant is always a stressful experience, but opening during a global pandemic was a unique problem for the ItalX team. Fortunately, they have felt supported every step of the way. “Our team is grateful for the continued support by Greer Companies, which has enabled Jonathan and TJ to create something unique for Lexington’s dining scene,” explained Brie Lowry Cox. “We are motivated to create jobs and continuously enrich the cultural fabric of Lexington. We hope to provide people a dining experience unlike anything else in the heart of our city.”
Chef Lundy added, “It has been a challenge, especially this year. Fortunately, our guests have quickly grown to love the space and the dishes, as many people already wish to return and try out more of our menu.”
- Focaccia (served with EVOO and balsamic vinegar)
- Radicchio (roasted beets, walnuts, saba vinaigrette, blue cheese)
- Vongole Veraci (clams, vino bianco, garlic, Calabrian chili)
- Pollo Arrostito (ricotta whey brined half chicken, rosemary-garlic potatoes, arugula)
- Calamari (fresh squid, pickled peppers, lemon-basil aioli)
- Tiramisu al Marsala (Espresso savoiardi, hazelnut brittle, caramel)