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Best Italian restaurants in NYC?

I have a restaurant blog where I feature Italian restaurants every Monday (for MangiaMonday). If you have any restaurant recommendations for future spots to check out, please let me know! I am always looking for more suggestions for restaurants to try and feature! Thanks in advance!

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  • Sheila Lee

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    Stay away from Little Italy. No one has anything good to say about Little Italy. I've always been disappointed.

    For a casual lunch, Parm has the best eggplant parm. Seriously. They are also connected to Torrisi Italian Specialties which is very small and a special occasion-type of place. Only does tasting menus.

    I'm not particularly a fan of Mario Batali's TV personality, but I've only heard good things from most of his restaurants. OTTO Enoteca Pizzeria is a solid spot that won't blow a hole in your wallet.

    Then there's PLENTY outside of manhattan, particularly in Brooklyn. I've never had pasta noodles like Frankies Spuntino. It's springy and fresh and magical.

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      Thanks for these suggestions! We've been to OTTO and loved it! We'll definitely be sure to check out Frankies Spuntino and Parm, as they've been on our list for a while. I'll also look into Torrisi! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Courtney Robinson

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    Most of the restaurants in Little Italy are pretty overpriced and few self-respecting Italians would ever step foot in them, but I love La Mela Ristorante and have recommended it dozens of times Very cheap, excellent food, and a very lively, less touristy place to eat than most of the places on Mulberry St.

    Little Italy

    Another good one is Coppola's East. Nothing much to look at, but excellent Italian food that is pretty easy on the budget.

    Coppola's East

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      I would second La Mela · (0 likelikes)

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  • Amy Chin

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    L&B Spumoni Gardens in Brooklyn! www.spumonigardens.com

    You can get a delicious meal of Sicilian pizza and dessert, then enjoy it at one of the picnic tables when the weather is nice. Or you can get some of the best pasta in the sit-down restaurant.

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      Mmmm, sounds amazing! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Cheryl Brinkman

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    My favorites for Italian are Novitá (Gramercy), Supper (Alphabet City) and Lil' Frankie's (East Village).

    Novita is upscale and a bit pricey but worth it. Supper and Little Franks are both very reasonably priced.

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      I absolutely LOVE Supper! I have been wanting to check out Lil' Frankies and will be sure to look into Novita now also. Thanks! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Eva Essandoh

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    Carmine's restaurant in Manhattan.

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  • Winnie Tantraporn

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    Personal favorite is Babbo. Looking forward to trying Scarpetta perhaps even Rao's one day.

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  • Amanda Holbrook

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    Pepolino in Tribecca has fantastic food and and a cute farmhouse type setting.

    Trattoria Belvedere in Murray Hill has great authentic food, good service and is always a crowd pleaser.

    A bit more pricey, Gradisca in Chelsea is great for a modern Italian dinner

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    You can try Marchi's in Murray Hill. Old school spot that serves only a chef picked 5-7 course meal. Only open some days.

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  • Terri Lee

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    28 Carmine StNumero 28 Pizzeria Napolitano in the West or the East Village. Their place is very small and nothing fancy, but the pizza is the best and most authentic. The Pizza Bianca Tartufo is to die for. I could eat the whole thing! Family is from Napoli and Signora Eugenia still comes in every day. My second choice would be Alfredo 100. And, of course, get the fettuccine Alfredo. And don't forget the shaved truffles on top! Mangia bene!

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    My favorite in the city, because the food is fresh, delicious, and reasonably priced, and the wine by the glass is outstanding, is Ristorante Il Melograno. Check it out, but please don't tell anyone else as it's too small and I don't need more competition for a table.

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      Thanks, Jon! The Meatball Shop is one of my favorites already (you'll see I'm wearing their beanie in my profile picture)! :) · (0 likelikes)

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    I've always been happy with my selections at i Trulli which focuses on food from Puglia, and it's a quick walk to Eataly Gelateria for some gelato or picking up some other goodies.

    Also, try Cacio E Vino for Sicillian food. Just note that they only credit card they take is AMEX. :/

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    I love Supper on 2nd St. Very rustic homey feeling in a hip space.

    Il Gnocchi on 10st is very yummy and they have brick oven thin crust pizza too.

    Perbacco on 6th or 5th, has a very inoovative approach to Italian cusine.




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    It is a bit out of the way, but to me some of the best Italian restaurants are on Arthur Ave in the Bronx. Pasquale Rigoletto Restaurant is one of my favorites. Whenever I think of great chicken parmigiana, I think of Pasquale's.

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  • Kat D

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    Excellent question! I love Uva for really classic Italian food (best mozzarella in town IMHO), Antica Pesa for their twist on Italian, Ai Fiori for fancy Italian food, and for what's it's worth, I thought IL Cortile in Little Italy was great too. And the best Italian bakery is Ferrara Bakery & Cafe on Mulberry. I have been buying cannolis there since high school and the smell alone will transport me to Italy OR my bestie's grandma's kitchen (circa 1996) in an instant. Granted, Mulberry is a bit of a tourist trap but it's fun to go there once in a blue moon on a warm summer night.

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