It can be overwhelming when trying to decide where to eat Italian in New York City, there are so many exceptional, outstanding restaurants to choose from … so many international Chefs with different expertise and concept for their craft.
I’ve never loved Italian cuisine more than when in ‘the boot’ itself, but I’ve decided to blog today on some of my favorites for Italian when visiting New York City, my favorites for different reasons in random order:
330 West Broadway (between Canal and Grand St)
Over the moon excited for the Sola Pasta team, they are passionate about what they do each day, I can’t wait to watch them royally rock the pasta-game.
If I could I would enjoy pasta 3 times a day; breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Pasta is, by far, my favorite meal. That being said, I hardly ever order ‘ragu’ outside (of my own home). If a restaurant nails their meat sauce, chances are, their pasta and sauces are something to talk about.
Newly opened in August 2017, Michelin-Starred Chef Massimo Sola is behind this legendary “Pasta bar.” I visited Sola Pasta in January 2018 (after months of anticipation and Instagram likes @solapastabar) for dinner one rainy evening. It’s lively atmosphere-vibe won’t disappoint. Even on a rainy evening, the place was hopping. Location is situated right in the heart of trendy SoHo! The space is an open kitchen, counter seating concept, seating is limited whether you dine by the pasta bar or at a table, either way you’ll get to watch what you’re about to eat. It’s a top-notch dining experience from the Italian cuisine prepared by authentic Chefs to the food that arrives on the plate. I’ve been to Italy several times, have savored the food, the pecorino romano cheese, prosciutto (dry-cured ham) and truffles, and this is ….spot on. I ordered the first dish I saw on the menu ‘Sedanini al Ragu’ (Sedanini pasta, meat sauce.) The portions were generous and plentiful and Chef Alex nailed the ‘ragu.’
Chefs like Chef Alex who strive for detail and perfection on each plate, LOVE what they do… I happen to absolutely adore this pasta bar and would recommend it 100 times over, from the concept to the inspiration that goes into each dish, it’s a ‘dinner and a show’ for any pasta lover with lofty #pastagoals
Gluten-free pasta options available.
Sunday Brunch now being offered.
Leave dinner learning a word or two in Italian.
Admire the stationary red prosciutto slicer machine on your way to the restroom.
Dry and fresh pasta available.
Make a reservation over the phone or online (Open Table) before you go!
176 2nd Ave (East village)
Specializes in authentic Neapolitan brick oven pizza, the D.O.C buffalo mozzarella ‘mozzarella di bufala’ on the menu is no joke, ‘che buono!’
Inside the restaurant, Numero 28, you immediately notice the charm and character of this pizzeria located right in the east village. With several locations to choose from (upper west side and Brooklyn included!) and now with delivery, this is where you can get your ‘pizza fix’ while in New York. There are other menu items other than pizza but I highly recommend for “Red pizza” the ‘bufalina D.O.C.’ (tomato, cherry tomato, buffalo mozzarella, basil) and ‘Margherita’ (mozzarella, tomato, basil). For a “white pizza’ of course the ‘5 stagioni’ also known as the ‘cinque stagioni’ or ‘five seasons’ (mozzarella, gorgonzola, fontina, provolone, parmesan) and the ‘Pere’ (mozzarella, gorgonzola, pears, walnuts).
You may inhale delicious baked pizza crust upon entrance to Numero 28.
Don’t forget to admire the pizza being baked in the brick oven.
Crust recipe has been handed down from five generations of pizzaioli (pizza makers).
54 Stone Street (Financial district, downtown)
Casual and delicious. Note, 12″ pies and ‘old fashioned pies,’ no slices, half or whole pies only. Bonus, for an additional fee, you can add extras on your pies!
Some might be familiar with this downtown area for the Seaport shopping area, Wall Street, Brooklyn Bridge, ‘Ulysses’ neighborhood bar, Pace University and The New School, but in the mix you have Adrienne’s pizzabar.
This year’s birthday celebratory festivities brought in pizza in replace of birthday cake. An 18.5 inch tray “birthday cake” and I was totally in favor of it!
I recommend starting with the ‘Insalata di arugula’ salad followed by the 12″ pie ‘Barese’ (sausage, onion) or the ‘old fashioned’ pizza of your choice, there are a few to choose from so take your pick, with either a red sauce or white pizza base.
Open for lunch and dinner.
Online ordering available.
Weekend brunch offered, too!
There is a moltepulciano and a barbera d’asti on the featured wine list.
Cobblestone streets and area is especially fun and lively when the weather gets nicer, and outdoor seating may be available, think spring and summer!
Contenna Wine Bar
21 Bedford St (west village)
Classic Italian, small intimate atmosphere with plentiful ‘prosciutto’ chandeliers as decor.
Not only is this West village spot delicious for dining but be sure to pay attention to the the row of prosciutto hanging from the ceiling, the white subway tile along side the bar area, the interior red bricks and the wood ceiling that make this spot memorable to visit again!
Open 7 days a week.
Choice of the three “B’s” on their wine list, Barolo, Brunello, Barbaresca.
Their other wine bars in NYC include, ARIA, TERRA, BRICIOLA, CODINO.
Recommended to make reservations in advance.
Thanks for reading some of my favorite ‘Italian in NYC’ recommendations, “Buon Appetito” next time you visit New York City!
Peace, Love, Gelato,