11 Best Italian Restaurants In New York Chosen by Italians
According to many people, outside of Italy New York is the best place where to eat Italian food.
Do we agree, being Italians? Well, we surely cannot disagree: New York is a great place for eating Italian food and that’s the reason why we’ve decided to compile a list with the Best Italian Restaurants in New York. It’s certainly not easy to pick the best places where to eat Italian in New York because the city is too big and restricting the number of restaurants can be tricky.
For this reason, in this guide to the Best Italian Restaurants in New York we’ve used only one judgment parameter:
how close the food is to the real Italian one.
We did ask to ourselves:
where do we go to eat Italian food every time we’re in New York, considering we’re Italians?
The price has not been considered in the making of this list for a simple reason: we strongly believe that you pay for what you eat and if paying more means eating well, for us it’s a win.
We didn’t order the places in relation to how much we love them; so the order is just casual.
None of the places here mentioned have somehow paid or sponsored us or this list; if event only one had paid us to be mentioned, we would have specified it to keep things honest, as we always do.
The list is constantly updated so new posts could be added and others disappear; if you want to tell us one or more Italian restaurants in New York that you have personally tried, send us an email and let’s talk.
What does this list of the best Italian restaurants in New York include?
Well, easy answer: The Best Italian Restaurants In NYC, according to us.
What doesn’t this list of the best Italian restaurants in New York include?
We didn’t include pizza place because that is a totally different story and it has to be treated as such.
You’ll notice it doesn’t include any single place located in Little Italy: Little Italy used to be a place where Italians kept with their traditions but today it’s not the same anymore. Restaurants, despite their somehow appealing decor, don’t serve authentic Italian food anymore, the quality is extremely low and the experience is not really something you wanna try.
The 11 Best Italian Restaurants in New York
Here we’re: the 11 best Italian restaurants in NYC bought to you by two real Italians.
The name says everything: comforting Italian food in a nice setting. The maialino al forno (slow roasted little pig) is the piece of resistance and it has to be tried, no questions asked. Prices are high but the quality is high and the value is easily understandable.
Address: 2 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010
2. Via Carota
Expect to be overwhelmed by Via Carota: its dishes are welcoming and you will really feel in Italy. Try the traditional scafata (favas, artichokes, escarole and peas), the tonnarelli cacio e pepe (pasta with pecorino cheese and black pepper) and the coniglio fritto (fried rabbit). You won’t disappointed and you want to go back again and again.
Address: 51 Grove St, New York, NY 10014
Website: Via Carota
If you want to treat you to a very Italian experience in New York, Babbo has to be your place. The menu is absolutely stiunning and features some incredible and originally Italian dishes such as amatriciana pasta and the grilled lamb shops “scottadito” (grilled and meant to be eaten, when still very hot, with your hands). Keep in mind that Babbo is a Michelin starred restaurants and the prices reflect this.
Address: 110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011
4. Del Posto
Another Michelin Starred Restaurant, a fine dining Italian restaurant where the majority of the ingredients comes from Italy. The names of the dishes are in Italian as well but out of everything we recommend the Tortino alla Gianduja con Gelato al Latte di Nocciola Piemontese (Chocolate Hazelnut Cake with Piemonte Hazelnut Milk Gelato) and the Faraona alla Cacciatora con Gnocco alla Romana (Hunter-Style Guinea Hen with Semolina Dumpling).
Address: 85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011
Website: Del Posto
A casual Italian style restaurant in The Village, where to eat good Italian inspired food: the dishes on the menu are both traditional and revisited, but the ingredients are absolutely first class. Try the olive oil cake and the spaghetti with garlic, chilies and parmesan cheese. If you in for a brunch, try the pancakes with homemade ricotta cheese.
Address: 228 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014
A roman “trattoria” designed in a traditional way where food is traditional and the portions are like the ones we use to have in Italy. The Spaghetti alla Carbonara, the Fettuccine alla Gricia with Fava Bean and the Pollo alla Diavola are really good. Interesting fact: they have a different dish of the day every week.
Address: 170 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012
7. Il Buco
A casual and friendly place where to eat Italian food in New York, Il Buco claims that its “culinary philosophy is firmly rooted in the Italian tradition of seasonality and the integrity of all ingredients”. Everything is sourced locally from Italian exporters and if they can’t find something, they source directly in Italy. Try the Torchio pasta (house made pasta, guanciale, local asparagus, pecorino toscano cheese) and any of the desserts on the menu paired with Italian wine.
Address: 47 Bond St, New York, NY 10012
Website: Il Buco
8. Al Di Là Trattoria
The food offered by Al Di Là is strongly rooted in the traditions of Northern Italian cuisine. Try the calf liver “alla veneziana” and the tortelli di zucca. In fairness, prices are also a big yes at Al Di Là.
Address: 1201, 248 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Website: Al Di Là Trattoria
9. Salumeria Rosi
Salumeria Rosi is an authentically Northern dining restaurant and Italian delicatessen, originating in Parma. All the ingredients come directly from Italy and are cooked according to traditional recipes. Try the Prosciutto Parmacotto with Burrata (thinly sliced ham served with fresh mozzarella di bufala, topped with basil pesto sauce) and the whole selection of charcuterie and cheese.
Address: 283 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023
Website: Salumeria Rosi
10. I Sodi
Nothing beats I Sodi if you’re looking for simple, comforting and traditional Italian food. Everything screams Italy and Tuscany and one really shouldn’t ask for more. Try the antipasto toscano (Assortment of sliced meats, bruschette, cheeses, & olives) and the ravioli burro e salvia (House made spinach and ricotta ravioli with cultured butter and sage).
Address: 105 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014
Website: I Sodi
11. Song E Napule
If you’re looking for truly authentic food from Naples, Song E Napule must be your choice. Nothing fancy, just real food cooked in the traditional way and served in big portions, just like it should be. Try the Pasta alla Scarpariello (Homemade jumbo linguine with cherry tomato sauce, arugula, shaved parmesan, pepper flakes).
Address: 146 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012
Website: Song E Napule
This is our always updated list with the best Italian restaurants in New York City so you can now stop Googling “Italian restaurants in New York”. Just bring our guide with you anytime you’re looking for a place where to eat in NYC.
So said, New York is an incredible place for food and there are amazing places where you can really eat well; have a look at our New York Food Guide for inspiration!
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