Having an Italian husband by my side, you can imagine how much Italian food I’ve been eating since we met, right?! Haha. We eat Italian food at least once a week, and I’ve been eating at many delicious places with traditional “nona” food, but also some serving contemporary Italian cuisine. It’s very difficult to make a list with only five of my favorite Italian restaurants, but here are the places where I really loved the food and want people to check out.
Opened in 2008, L’Artusi is a modern Italian restaurant located in the West Village, which surprised me with its contemporary dishes. The atmosphere is very “chic”, with good music and beautiful decor. The food is INCREDIBLE - one of the best meals I’ve ever had! If you ever go there, get the roasted mushrooms with pancetta, fried egg, chilies and ricotta salata as an appetizer, then come back and thank me! IT’S TO DIE FOR. The pastas are also amazing - there are some really good options. To finish your exceptional meal, get the Olive oil cake as a dessert, you’ll definitely enjoy it.
Address: 228 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014
Rosemary’s is a cool and laid back spot in SoHo. The focaccias are delicious - the caprese is definitely my favorite. The pasta is also very good - the carbonara is my favorite. They have “brunch” available during the weekend from 11am to 4pm.
Address: 18 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011
Rubirosa is already known in my blog as one of my favorite places to get pizza in NY (CHECK LIST), but besides the pizza, they also have pasta! When I went there, I had an excellent carbonara (and pizza because we’re savages lol). The vodka sauce is the most famous there, so if you get either pizza or pasta, go with the vodka sauce.
Address: 235 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012
4- Quality Italian
A classic in NYC! The restaurant is famous for its chicken parm in the shape of a pizza (try the spicy honey with it, it’s heavenly, trust me!), but they also have tons of pasta and other Italian dishes. The place is always crowded, so a reservation is ALWAYS recommended.
Address: 57 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019
5- Trattoria Tra Di Noi
Tra Di Noi is located in the Little Italy section of the Bronx, which I highly recommend you check out for all things Italian food (very great restaurants, delis, bakeries and cafes). The food is SO good, that the trip from Manhattan to the Bronx will be worth it. They have my FAVORITE, spaghetti and meatballs, served in a very traditional, rustic restaurant with the red checkered tablecloths, Italian music and all workers that speak Italian. The place is very popular so call to make a reservation in advance, especially for the weekends. PS: The spaghetti with meatballs is served ONLY on Sundays, unfortunately.
Address: 622 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458
Extra Tip - Sauce
A simple, yet delicious restaurant in the Lower East Side serving up large portions of all the Italian classics. They have a fixed menu, but also offer daily specials. We had a coupon with OpenTable, and after we dined there, they sent us another $50 to use at Sauce!
Address: 78 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
I still have a long list of great Italian restaurants, not only in NYC but in other locations as well. I’ve posted some on my Instagram @eat_travel_andlove, so if you want check it out and don’t forget to follow me for updates!