Where Sophia Loren would probably sip her wine, surrounded by fawning suitors. Elegant interior, warmly lit with retro-Italian feel, has a devoted fan base. Tender homemade pastas, succulent seared... read more
Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich get big and fancy. Dark and serious room with '30s hotel lobby flavor. Massive, ambitious, choreographed peasant food; bread and water never tasted so good. Pastas... read more
Wood-fired brick oven turning out stellar old-world pizza. Lombardi's better watch its back now that there's a clam pie here, too. Buffalo mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes in D.O.C. iterations, ... read more
Converted garage at its best in summer, when doors roll up and scene spills out. Perennially packed for simple, low-pretense Italian. Signature roast chicken a major crowd pleaser, rocking Bell &am... read more
Romantic go-to to take edge off first dates. Friendly and intimate, feels like hanging out in someone’s wine cellar. Top selection of vintages, tasty small plates to match. Crostini, beef-stuffed o... read more
SoHa star, in the running for best panini in NYC. Top ingredients make for addictive sandwiches, stuffed with prosciutto, gorgonzola, roast beef, heart of palm. Extensive list hell for the indecisi... read more
Breezy, open corner. Oak-enhanced, always-packed vino spot. Get the signature eggs early, the varied cheeses in the afternoon, follow with a glass of well-priced Prosecco, and maybe stay for dinner... read more
The least expensive jewel in Batali's Village trifecta, but no less shining for it. Fresh, delectable pizzas and anitpasti. To-die-for carbonara that may just kill you. Warm, energetic dining area ... read more
Frank's, Lil Frankie's, and now Supper. Call it Big Frank's if you want because it's the best of the bunch, although intimate space is anything but big and always packed to the hilt. Northern Itali... read more
Marco Canora, late of the Craft-y Colicchio empire, brings heart-warming, refined Italian to a cozy corner of the East Village. Menu leans waist-conscious with snapper crudo and sardine apps, blue-... read more
Subdued, well-appointed interior suits low-key, vaguely ghettoish surroundings. Peasant's Frank DeCarlo fires you up with creatively constructed sophisto-pizzas. The chef's written a book called "A... read more
Northern Italian from Dean & DeLuca founder on the far edge of Soho. Comely staff, precise ingredients, lots of hood regulars keep it busy all week long. Nice raw bar with fresh Wellfleets and Kumo... read more
Outside, the chalkboard sign promises 12" of hot Italian goodness. Get yer mind out of the gutter, it's salami pizza. Frank's little bro is a bit more casual, but just as belly warming and delici... read more
Start your day with a croissant and some killer coffee. Come back at lunch for excellent panini, walk it on down to a Union Square bench. Dinner time is for the ambitious, with elaborate small plat... read more
Former meat locker has the old world touch and MePa rarity of an intimate back room. Name literally means meat market and generous cuts of steak pay proper homage. Splurge on the porterhouse for tw... read more
Sweet, modern spot tucked under the stone arches in Wagner Park. Like an expensive picnic served by strangers. Delicious homemade pastas and rustic Italian fare. Sit on the patio and burn calories ... read more
Warm room with bright flower mural and intimate back garden, closed over and heated in winter. Chefs right off the boat deliver that new new from Modena. Namesake specialty a doughy puff, fried-up ... read more
Seal-the-deal first date spot from Frank DeCarlo, Italian chef about downtown. Mellow, sporting dramatic brick kitchen with rustic surfaces no peasant could afford. Packed with food snobs and peopl... read more
Inviting, warm, energetic, and still mostly packed. Mario Batali grub at sub-Babbo prices. Hard to say what's best since it all rocks: ricotta gnocchi, prosciutto plates, crispy raisin duck, wood-o... read more
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Appointment-only, hour-long guided shopping experience. Second show...