In the late 1800s, Italians began flocking to America. For many, New York City was their first (and ultimately their last) stop. Luckily, Italians had already perfected many cooking techniques and centuries before their arrival in the new world and even invented modern-day pizza by the early 1890s. New Yorkers are so particular about their pizza that they don’t even recognize pies other than the New York thin-style crust as legitimate. Find out what Italian food reigns supreme in the city that has not one — but four Little Italys. Here are the best Italian restaurants in NYC
Celebrity chef Mario Batali’s famed Greenwich Village Italian eatery is still as popular today as it was when it opened back in 1998. Batali has since opened two more restaurants (Del Posto and Otto) and what can only be referred to as an Italian food extravaganza, Eataly.
You’ll only find the freshest of Italian ingredients at Babbo. Batali allows each individual flavor shine as he doesn’t add any extraneous sauces, spices or preservatives to his food. There you go, this is one of the best italian resturants NYC
• 110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011
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You won’t find too many authentic Italian eateries in New York City’s Little Italy these days; most are run by — get this — Australians. Yet if you head north of Little Italy proper, tucked away on Broome Street is an Italian eatery run by actual Italians. It’s always crowded here on weekend evenings, but somehow the owner always manages to find a way to squeeze one more table into the dining room. That makes this place one of the best Italian restaurants in NYC.
You’re equally likely to find a rustic, authentic Roman meat lasagna and a crisp Peroni here as you would the SS Lazio match playing on a large screen in the back.
• 173 Mott St, New York, NY 10013
The Scognamillos aren’t merely a family of restaurant owners in New York City–they’re an institution. You can head to one of their many pizza places throughout the city for a pie, but don’t you dare ask for a slice. The old-school Italian pizza places stopped serving slices back in the days of the mafia’s reign.
Instead, you can get an authentic New York think-crust pie. Or, head to the location in the Theater District for a post-show meal of bucatini or spicy Neapolitan tripe.•
• 236 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019
Go ahead, just try getting a table at this famed Harlem restaurant. We dare you. Rao’s might be the hardest table in New York to snag a reservation, but it’s also one of the most authentic Italian meals in the city. Yet even big names like Robert De Niro and Woody Allen find themselves coming up short when trying to make reservations at this elite Italian restaurant.
You probably won’t get a table at this low-key establishment, but if you’re lucky (and really brave) you might just be able to score yourself a spot at the bar.
• 455 E 114th St, New York, NY 10029
Anybody who knows anything about cannolis knows that the best Italian patisseries wait until you order to fill the pastry shell with that sweetened ricotta cheese. That’s how you know its one of the best Italian restaurants in NYC. The price of your cannoli will depend on how much of that delicious creamy filling ends up inside your shell; like any good old-fashioned Italian patisserie, Rocco charges by the pound. The top is sprinkled generously with crushed pistachios (if you like) and powdered sugar. Order yours with a cappuccino, a drink that another famous New York Italian patisserie (Ferrara) claims to have invented.
•243 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a bad Italian meal in New York City, but why take the risk? Yet for the most authentic Italian eateries, it’s best to steer off the beaten path of Little Italy’s Mulberry Street.