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Best Italian Restaurants in New York

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Scalini Fedeli

This fine Italian restaurant is located on the site of the former Bouley restaurant. The decor is elegant, the food marvelous and the service superior. Despite high prices and a downtown location, food lovers come to Scalini Fedeli to dine under the vaulted ceiling surrounded by artwork and soft lighting. Main courses like grilled salmon, shrimp bruschetta, roasted Chilean sea bass and lamb chops parmigiano are customer favorites. The anjou pear and the chocolate cake are excellent choices for dessert. Jacket and tie required.

New York, NY, United States
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Locanda Verde

Literally translating to “green inn,” Locanda Verde is a restaurant in New York with its roots in sumptuous Italian food. The menu is presented in such a way that it will satisfy all your food cravings and at the same make you feel full. Dishes are made with locally sourced ingredients that are sustainable and fresh and Chef Andrew Carmellini will make sure that every dish that goes out of the kitchen is absolutely flawless.

New York, NY, United States
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Osteria Morini

While osteria in Italian refers to a simple eatery, Osteria Morini is no simple place. Owned by Chef Michael White, this Soho restaurateur seems to have struck gold with his casual Italian diner. The menu is inspired by the culinary tradition of Emilia-Romagna, the so-called breadbasket of Italy. On the menu, one can find prosciutto (cured ham) or speck (smoked prosciutto) to start the meal. Following the appetizers are an irresistible range of dishes like the branzino (grilled Mediterranean sea bass) and the tortellini panna (a pasta with a filling of meat). The bar is well stocked with wine and cocktails to indulge diners in every possible way.

New York, NY, United States
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Carbone

Carbone combines American and Italian cuisines to the delight of the West Village. The restaurant's owners, Mario Carbone, Jeff Zalaznick and Rich Torrisi pay tribute to the Italian-American restaurants of the early 20th Century through classic dishes at this restaurant. Diners will find some well-known ones like Scampi ala Scampi, Lobster Fra Diavolo, Chicken Scarpariello and Lobster Mezzaluna among others. The wine list provides a great companion to any of the plates.

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Il Mulino

Many New Yorkers believe Il Mulino restaurant, nestled in Greenwich Village, has the finest classic Italian cuisine in New York City. As a result, reservations can be very hard to come by, but it is often much easier to snag a table at lunch. A meal at Il Mulino can be quite expensive, but portions are definitely on the large side. The service is of course professional and attentive, and the decor is classy and subdued.

New York, NY, United States
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Frank

Frank is a charming but small Italian neighborhood restaurant, that manages to hold its own in an area filled with trendy spots, by serving good food at reasonable prices. While large groups will have trouble finding seating here, it is the perfect intimate spot for couples. With an eclectic mix of decorations on the wall and an open kitchen, it feels like your eccentric aunt is in charge of this eatery. The crowd here is a mix of locals looking for quiet refuge. You will find an extensive range of classic Italian dishes here with freshly made pasta and fabulous cheesecakes!

New York, NY, United States
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Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca

Celebrity Chef Mario Batali and restaurateur Joe Bastianich have come together to create the ultimate Italian dining experience in New York City. A giant stairway dominates the main dining room, set off by pale wood paneling and an abundance of fresh flowers. The Italian fare contains reinvented classics and sets new trends in Italian cooking using fresh game, flavorful olive oils, seasonal produce and rich Italian cheeses. These big and bold flavors make for a great fine dining experience.

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Otto Enoteca Pizzeria

Otto, Italian for "eight," was opened in 2003. Celebrity Chef Mario Batali's pizzeria is named after the 8th Street location of the One Fifth Avenue building. The building dates back to 1928 and was originally a hotel. Otto's menu boasts a selection of meats, pasta, and pizza with toppings such as shaved fennel with bottarga (Italian caviar made from dried red mullet roe) and lardo (house-cured pork fatback) on a classic Italian thin crust. An enoteca is a wine bar, store, or both. They offer bottles and quartinos (1/3 bottle), artisanal cheeses, and antipasti from the main menu.

New York, NY, United States
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L'Artusi

Named after Pellegrino Artusi who is well known for his expansive cookbook La Scienza in Cucina e L’Arte di Mangiare Bene, L'Artusi will make any epicurean proud. This Italian diner, with its modern twists by Gabe and Katherine Thompson, along with its impressive wine cellar will definitely charm you. Spread across two floors, you can catch all the action at the open kitchen. It also features a cheese bar. Their menu includes dishes like spaghetti with garlic, parmesan and chiles, potato gnocchi with lamb shanks and tomato, rabbit fettucine, charred octopus with pancetta, potatoes, olives and chiles, braised short rib, roasted mushroom and roasted chicken. If you are a first-timer at L'Artusi, chances are you will leave as a fan.

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Frankies 570 Spuntino

Frankies 570 Spuntino is a great place to stop by if you're longing for wholesome Italian fare. The decor is warm and inviting and the menu features classic dishes, perfect to satisfy your comfort food cravings. Populated by families, couples as well as groups; the restaurant serves up a lunch dinner and brunch menu. You'll find classic Italian-American favorites like meatballs with Pecorino Romano, sweet sausage, roasted red peppers & onions over creamy polenta, chicken tortellini with broccoli rabe pesto as well as a nice selection of nibbles and snacks, perfect to accompany your glass of Italian red. Finish your meal with a creamy tiramisu or a vanilla creme bruleé.

New York, NY, United States
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Barbuto

This large and spacious white brick-walled restaurant is located in the meatpacking district of New York. With garage-style doors, cafe chairs, and an open kitchen, it has a very minimalist look but is comfortable nonetheless. Barbuto offers outdoor seating during Spring, so you can enjoy the open air while you munch away. The menu, which features regular Italian fare like pastas, antipasti and the like, changes everyday. Chef Jonathan Waxman is very particular about using the freshest of ingredients available.

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Maialino

Sunlight pours in the large windows at Danny Meyer's Maialino, a friendly Roman-style trattoria that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in order to vie for a spot in your heart. The blue checkered tablecloths, tile floors and rustic wood furnishings set a comfortable ambiance for casual and business gatherings alike. If the restaurant's name, which is Italian for "piglet," isn't enough to convince you to order something with pork, then the enticing cured meats hanging behind the salumi bar and the savory smell of the roasted suckling pig definitely will. True to Chef Nick Anderer's dedication to authenticity, the pasta served at Maialino is handmade and lightly sauced, and all parts of the animal, including the offal, are used in the dishes. The bar is open until midnight. Reservations are highly recommended.

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