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American-Italian red sauce trattatoria – Patsy’s Pizzeria

I have found an American-Italian red sauce trattatoria that I enjoyed very much. We can all go there for a great time to celebrate my birthday … Patsy’s Pizzeria, 1st Avenue between 117th and 118th Streets, Spanish Harlem. Thin pie crust with fresh mozzarella and red sauce. Delicious fried mozzarella, etc.
Another suggestion is Ottomanelli Grill, 93rd Street & Lexington Avenue. Easy parking, too. Very reasonable prices.
Patsy’s Pizzeria, 2287 1st Avenue, between 117th and 118th Streets, 212-534-9783 [openlist | Yahoo | Slice | Gayot | Best Pizza in New York]
Ottomanelli New York Grill, web site, 1424 Lexington Avenue, at 93rd Street, 212-426-6886 [MenuPages | Citysearch | Yelp]

Very best Italian is Mercato, Red Hook, NY

The Vetri web site smartly advertises that quote, along with one attributed to Mario Batali that says Vetri is “possibly the best Italian restaurant on the East Coast.” (I love the way these sorts of quotes are all essentially the same, with tweaked qualifiers and altered geographic parameters.)

The Fertile Territory Beyond Our Own,” by Frank Bruni, Diners Journal, May 23, 2007
The very best Italian is Mercato in Red Hook, NY… the chef is Francesco Buitoni, a six generation member of the famous Italian pasta family … born in New York City … but his parents are from Rome, Italy … definitely worth a detour from the Taconic State Parkway … delicious pasta and risotto dishes…
Mercato, 61 East Market Street, Red Hook, NY, 845-758-5879
The Chef’s Voice: Francesco Buitoni of Mercato Tivolio,” AboutTown, Spring 2005
Post by Peter

Italian recommendations

For a very special Italian treat, go to San Domenico, and ask for Ms Marissa May, she is a very sweet and friendly owner … a great friend of my Italian nephew, Francesco Buitoni … San Domenico is very high class and elegant but … expensive … web site, 240 Central Park South, 212-265-5959 [MenuPages | NYT | NY Mag | Village Voice | openlist | Gayot | Yelp | Citysearch]
Another suggestion: Da Andrea … a simple Northern Italian trattatoria … go early and enjoy the delicious cooking …. web site, 557 Hudson Street, Hudson and Perry Streets in the West Village, 212-367-1979 [MenuPages | NYT | NY Mag | openlist | Yelp | Citysearch]
Also see our previous post, “Good Italian food

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Lupa – disappointing

I ate at Lupa Monday evening and I was disappointed … we shared all the dishes and 3 carafes of white vino from Italy …
The meat dishes of salami, prosciutto, veal tongue, head cheese, etc. were completely tasteless except for the salt and oil … no perfume flavor and dried tasting … I imagine that the meats were sliced a long time ago … not freshly sliced meat … the diced brussels sprouts with cheese were very salty and oily with no other flavors, such as lemon or herbs …
The sardines with escarole were not fresh and tasted like marinade herring … the salad was very plain with plenty of dried cheese …
The fresh fettucine pasta with cheese was buttery-OK. I bet that the ingredients did not cost more than $1 per dish!
We had a nice table outside on the patio that was nice and comfortable. The white wines were good. We split the bill of $100 plus and we each left a tip of $10. So my bill was over $63.
Not good at all and I felt that I was bamboozled by the Italians. For example, for the price of the $10 tip, I could have a very delicious bowl of fresh egg noodles (al dente) with wonton soup ($3.00) and a plate of BBQ baby pork ribs ($5.00) in Chinatown.
No offense but I think that Italian food in the fancy restaurants are the biggest sham in this Big Apple … the only place to eat Italian is to cook at home, it is so simple … ask my Italian nephew, Francesco Buitoni …
However, the evening did not end too badly, we rode the subway to Lincoln Center and saw the MET opera of Madam Butterfly, outdoors on a huge screen with English sub-titles …
Lupa, web site, 170 Thompson Street, between Houston and Bleeker Streets, 212-982-5089 [MenuPages | NYT | NY Mag | Village Voice | openlist | Gayot | Savory NY | Yelp | Citysearch]
Post by Peter
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Fino Wall Street

Wall Street is a constuction zone, but a few jewels are still to be found and the crowds are minimal.
Last week I joined a group of professors from Cornell and Imperial College for dinner at Fino Wall Street (owned by the same folks who run Fino in midtown). Excellent selection of Chianti’s.
For appetizer I had the Vongole Oreganata – baked stuffed clams with herbs and seasonings. I ate a nice, fresh filet of fish picata with steamed vegetables.
A colleague had the pan-seared salmon with champagne, leeks, scallions and English mustard.

pan-seared salmon at Fino Wall Street

For desert we had the Tiramisu:

Tiramisu at Fino Wall Street

1 Wall Street Court, at Pearl and Beaver Street, 212-825-1924 [Love Chef]
Post by Roger

Good Italian food

My friend from Rome told me a very long time ago … the only place to enjoy a fine Italian meal is at home … Gabrio Buitoni, a member of the Buitoni pasta family … I went to NYU with him and he was responsible for introducing me to Italian food (I was fresh off the boat from Penang and did not have a clue about Italian cuisine. I have learned plenty since but he planted the seed) … I really do not go out for Italian … usually not worth the price and so simple to prepare pasta at home …
Try this simple pasta … dice fresh, sun-ripened tomatoes … finely chopped garlic … a cup of finely chopped fresh basil leaves … mixed with a little olive oil and pepper flakes … preferably prepare the sauce a few hours ahead of the meal-time … in order for the garlic to marinade with the olive oil and the fresh diced tomatoes … grind fresh black peppers … toss the al dente pasta with the basil leaves and mangia over good noodles … perfect … here’s a recipe
If you want to go out, I liked the restaurant, Carmine’s, Italian family style, 2450 Broadway (90th & 91st Streets), 212-362-2200 … a very old-world charming location … good value, too …
Also, see “How to Eat Spaghetti” by Anna Maria Volpi

Carmine’s reviews

Other’s reviews of the best Italian restaurants in New York

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“The Complete Book of Pasta and Noodles,” by Cooks Illustrated   “The Arthur Avenue Cookbook: Recipes and Memories from the Real Little Italy,” by Ann Volkwein