Best Italian Restaurants in NYC

Bon Appétit
October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

From old-school red sauce joints to modern takes on Grandma’s homemade cooking, New Yorkers will be singing “that’s amore” to these Italian favorites.

Marea
Italian · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.6

“Excellence abounds” at Michael White’s Italian “star” on Central Park South, where the “adventurous” seafood and “heavenly” housemade pastas “never fail to wow” ; the “impeccable” service matches the “sleek” , “convivial” setting – as well as the “power broker” prices (lunchtime set menus are a comparative “steal” ).
Del Posto
Italian · Chelsea · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.7

“Hard to top” , this “magnifico” Chelsea Italian showcases the Batali-Bastianich “magic” with “inspired” cuisine and an “extraordinary” wine list in a “glamour palace” setting where “gracious” servers leave you “feeling totally pampered” ; just expect to “spend a whopping amount” , or try the lunch prix fixe for “a true bargain.”
Scalini Fedeli
Italian · TriBeCa · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.7

This TriBeCa class act from Michael Cetrulo matches “marvelous” Italian cuisine with “top-notch” service in a “lovely” , “traditional” setting exuding “Old Europe” vibes; with prix fixe–only menus starting at $75, it’s “not cheap” , but “worth it for a special occasion.”
Alidoro
Sandwich · SoHo · $$
Food 4.7 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.7

“Fresh, crispy” bread plus “so many choices” of “high-quality” meats and cheeses add up to “heavenly” , “humongous” panini at these “primo” Italian sandwich shops; just brace for “long lines” at lunchtime, “grumpy” counter service and a cash-only policy, not to mention limited seating ( “take it to go and enjoy” ).
Alidoro
Sandwich · Murray Hill · $
Food 4.7 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.7

“Fresh, crispy” bread plus “so many choices” of “high-quality” meats and cheeses add up to “heavenly” , “humongous” panini at these “primo” Italian sandwich shops; just brace for “long lines” at lunchtime, “grumpy” counter service and a cash-only policy, not to mention limited seating ( “take it to go and enjoy” ).
Trattoria L'incontro
Italian · Astoria · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.6

“Worth a trip to Astoria” , this “special-occasion” Italian is a borough “institution” thanks to its “yuge” menu of “divine” “traditional” dishes, plus a specials list “longer than the Sunday Times” ( “rattled off” by “patient” waiters); “multigenerational families” fill the “old-school” surrounds, where chef Rocco Sacramone can often be found “greeting each table.”
Don Peppe
Italian · South Ozone Park · $$
Food 4.7 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.9

“Bring a crowd” to this circa-1968 South Ozone Park Italian that’s “still cranking out” the “fantastic” old-world comfort classics ( “clams! clams! clams!” ) in portions to “feed an army” , washed down with “lotsa house wine” ; it’s cash only, the interior’s “tired” and service can be “snippy” , but fans shrug “so what?”
L'Artusi
Italian · West Village · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

“Incredible” pastas and other “creative” Italian dishes are “done with great care” at this “happening” West Village “standout” where the “polished” staffers also curate an “impeccable wine list” ; the “intimate” bi-level digs “bustle” with a “youngish crowd” , so “bring ear plugs” – and good luck getting a reservation.
Antica Pesa
Italian · Williamsburg · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

It might be “fancy for the ’burg” , but this “suave” Williamsburg sibling to a Rome original has built a following for its “delicious” Italian classics (including “exquisite” housemade pastas) and “serious” wine list, presented by a “charming” staff; there’s also a “lively” fireplace-furnished lounge within its “sleek” , “lovely” dome-lit space.
Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca
Italian · Greenwich Village · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.5

“Still a bastion of fine Italian dining” , this Village “star” in the Batali-Bastianich firmament continues to “impress” with “phenomenal” pastas and other “exceptional” dishes delivered by a “polished” team in “warm” (if “boisterous” ) carriage house digs; yes, it’s “a pain to get a table” and tabs run “high” , but to most the “always-spot-on” experience is “well worth it.”
Lupa Osteria Romana
Italian · Greenwich Village · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.2

“They’re still doing it right” at Mario Batali’s “unpretentious” Village trattoria, an “all-time favorite” for “superior” Roman dishes, “terrific” Italian vinos and service that “never slacks” “at fairly reasonable prices” to boot; but even those who “love the warmth” warn it’s a “squeeze” with molto “bustle and noise.”
Piccola Venezia
Italian · Astoria · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.4

The “classic” Northern Italian cooking is “superb” and “they’ll make whatever you want” at this Astoria “oldie but goodie” that’s kept “regulars returning” “for generations” ; if “the decor needs a redo” , that’s “easy to overlook” given “fabulous” service from a staff out of “central casting.”
al di la Trattoria
Italian · Park Slope · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.3

“Not much changes” yet it “always feels special” at this Park Slope “classic” that earns “Brooklynite love” with its “superb” Venetian fare, “decent prices” and “lively” , “warm” vibe; yes, the “no-rez policy” and inevitable “wait” are a “drag” , but getting into the “wine bar annex” is “easier” – or there's always a “more civilized” , rarely crowded lunch.