Restaurants in Little Italy

If you ask an NYC local where to go for legitimate Italian food, they’ll send you to South  Brooklyn, or maybe Arthur Avenue. Have you ever wondered why? This is because downtown Manhattan’s Little Italy is home to pricey, wildly mediocre and overrated restaurants packed with nostalgic tourists. Can’t deny it. We just don’t flock to the city’s Little Italy anymore, at least not to the Little Italy of today, at least not like we used to.


But for a minute or so, if you pretend that you’re back in the early 19th century and head to Little Italy’s outer limits, you’ll come to know that Little Italy has a lot of dolce vita left in it. If you manage to breeze past those tourist traps with their promises of gratuito chianti, you’ll find yourself in a pocket-sized swath of land packed with top-tier dining.


With something for every appetite, here’s how you do this neighborhood right.


Rubirosa Ristorante – for its thin, crisp and dripping-in-red-sauce pizza

Where: 235 Mulberry St, New York


Emilio’s Ballato – for deadpan waiters, unrestrained food and superb wine

Where: 55 E Houston St, New York


Ferrara – for dessert and espresso that have been served here since 1892

Where: 195 Grand St, New York


Lombardi’s – because Lombardi’s has been tossing pizzas since 1905

Where: 32 Spring St, New York


Aunt Jake’s – an oasis for fresh pasta, rigatoni, and house-made lamb ragu

Where: 151 Mulberry St, New York


Di Palo’s Fine Foods – for this gastronomic represents all 20 regions of Italy

Where: 200 Grand St, New York


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