I was so pleasantly surprised to stumble upon Gente while I was in midtown with two friends recently. Usually, I eat downtown or in brooklyn and find midtown to be a hard place to find quality and affordable food. This place was amazing. We had a mozzarella and tomato salad that tasted like summertime in Italy, an amazing artichoke pasta dish and some side dishes that were flavorful, healthy and exquisite.. The wine was great; the place was quiet, relaxed with a nice ambiance and we felt comfortable enough to stay for almost three hours. I felt like the waiters tended to us and were aware of our needs but also left us alone to talk and catch up and didn't hover. The next day, I was still thinking about how good the food was, as good as anything I've had in New York! I highly recommend this place to Italian lovers and anyone else who finds themselves hungry in midtown.