Nothing polishes off a hearty dinner like a nice, smooth Chianti, a round of parm served tableside and
target shooting with a .22-caliber rifle.
In a West Village basement, Tiro a Segno
, the oldest private Italian-American club in the country,
serves up bespoke Italian cuisine, a Cheers-esque back-slapping chumminess and a rifle-stocked shooting
range in the cellar.
Plus, it's got a members-only policy that rivals the CIA's.
The name translates to "shoot the target," but for most members, Tiro's all about the food—the kitchen
boasts classics like Mozzarella di Bufala
imported from Naples, and will cook up pretty much
anything you have in mind. You can reserve the 110-seat dining room for a private party or hold a meeting in
the clubhouse upstairs. After dinner, hit the cellar and take out your aggressions in the small shooting
gallery with three wood-paneled ranges and a choice of shooting targets (bulls-eye, wild game or Osama Bin
Membership is tight—prospectives must be nominated by a current member. Top that with the club's quota
on non-Italians, and you've got a tough entry on your hands. Our tip: To sniff out a current member, pump
your financial or real estate broker—two groups that dominate membership. Try peppering casual
conversation with references to ".22 caliber rifles" or "proshuut" and see if anyone bites.
But your best chance of passing the membership test? Bring your Italian mamma. Seriously.
Tiro a Segno
77 MacDougal St
(between Bleecker and W. Houston)
New York, NY 10012