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
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