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NYC’s 23 Top Italian Restaurants

Where to find saucy pasta, tender pizza, and old-school hospitality

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New York City excels at many things, but one of its finest achievements: Italian food. As the birthplace of red-sauce, Italian-American fare, there are plenty of top-notch options across the five boroughs. These days, it feels is if all of Italy is represented here, from doughy Neapolitan pizza to rustic Tuscan dishes to saucy Sicilian specialties. This list captures the best of the best Italian restaurants, new and old, in New York City — serving up all the pasta, pizza, and seafood any New Yorker (or tourist) could want.

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1. Dominick's

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2335 Arthur Ave
The Bronx, NY 10458
(718) 733-2807

This unfussy gem located on the Bronx’s Arthur Avenue — otherwise known as the borough’s Little Italy — has been dishing out generous servings of well-sauced pasta for over 50 years. It’s more food hall than restaurant, but the servers are incredibly knowledgeable about the long menu and expertly guide diners along. Other highlights on the menu include the stuffed artichoke, as well as a large sirloin steak served with a solid side of fries.

2. Roberto's

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603 Crescent Ave
The Bronx, NY 10458
(718) 733-9503
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Roberto’s modern Italian fare, served on a side street tucked away from the hubbub of the Bronx’s Little Italy, is a welcome contrast to the red sauced Italian-American food common in the neighborhood. The wine list is more sophisticated, too, along with a chalkboard menu that trumpets dishes like pasta and seasonal vegetables steamed “in cartoccio,” or in a foil pouch, as well as bunny stewed with potatoes. Roberto Paciullo, a native of Salerno, Italy, is behind the villa-esque Roberto’s, where there’s not a meatball in sight.

3. Celeste

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502 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024
(212) 874-4559
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The Upper West Side has no shortage of neighborhood Italian joints, but Celeste rises above them all. Owner Carmine Mitroni rules over the boxy Neapolitan restaurant, greeting regulars and making recommendations to newcomers. Tables can’t go wrong with the pastas, especially the popular tagliatelle with shrimp, cabbage, and sheep’s milk cheese, and the pizzas sport a nice char from the wood-fired oven. Expect a wait, and cash only.

4. Manetta's

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10-76 Jackson Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 786-6171
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This Long Island City mainstay, directly across the Pulaski Bridge from Greenpoint, offers classic Italian cuisine with some modern twists, in a casual windowed dining room with a wood-burning oven as its focus. On the upper end of its menu, find a ribeye steak in Barolo sauce, grilled lamb chops with almond mint pesto, and baked branzino that reminds one of the Greek antecedents of southern Italian cooking. Run-of-the-mill pastas keep pace, from a classic orecchiette with sausage and broccoli rabe to a more innovative spelt spaghetti called contadina, featuring vegetables in tomato sauce. Pizzas done in the same oven are an added plus.

5. Don Angie

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103 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10014
(212) 889-8884
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Angie Rito and Scott Tacinelli’s West Village restaurant have ushered in a new era for red sauce cooking with a supremely creative take on Italian-American fare. The duo knows how to get present the unexpected with pasta, once packing caramelle pasta with pickled cantaloupe and oozy buffalo milk mozzarella. They make a heck of a garlic bread by stuffing sesame-seeded flatbread with stracchino and Parmesan. And the chefs have produced their own amari out of sarsaparilla, resulting in a lightly boozy beverage that recalls root beer. Warning: Expect long waits if you haven’t secured a reservation, even with the addition of outdoor dining.

Chrysanthemum caesar at Don Angie
Chrysanthemum Caesar at Don Angie.
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6. Via Carota

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51 Grove St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 255-1962
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Jody Williams and Rita Sodi’s Tuscan destination Via Carota is no longer the secret neighborhood spot it used to be — expect to wait at least an hour at primetime no matter the day, or try for a late-night glass of wine and bowl of chewy cacio e pepe, one of the best in the city. When going for a larger meal, classics like the tripe and tagliatelle with prosciutto are must-tries, but the stars of the show may end up being one of the vegetable dishes. The options change regularly, and it’s hard to go wrong.

7. Fiaschetteria "Pistoia"

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647 E 11th St
New York, NY 10009
(212) 777-3355
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Petite Tuscan restaurant Fiaschetteria Pistoia makes up for its size with charm — the servers are brusque yet friendly, slamming down a wooden crate of wine when asked for the list. Still, their recommendations for affordable bottles are on-point, and everything from the salads and pork cheek to the cacio e pepe and spaghetti con bottarga are celebrations of the genre. For dessert, the creamy tiramisu is so ethereally light, it’s worth ordering even if already full.

8. Altro Paradiso

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234 Spring St
New York, NY 10013
(646) 952-0828
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Chef Ignacio Mattos is better known for his small plates phenom Estela, but his sunny Italian restaurant Altro Paradiso on a Soho corner combines the creative textural thrills of a Mattos raw dish with the nostalgic warmth of a cheese-fueled pasta. Go for whatever charcuterie or salads are available, and order multiple pastas to share.

Cafe Altro Paradiso’s high-ceilinged dining room Nick Solares/Eater

9. Lilia

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567 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 576-3095
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If Spiaggia in Chicago is what put Missy Robbins on the radar, Lilia in Williamsburg is what rocketed the chef to stardom. Lucky diners might encounter Robbins near the flame-spitting wood grill, the device responsible for singing succulent lamb steaks. Unlucky diners will encounter a host quoting a two-hour wait for walk-ins. Reservations book up far in advance, which is understandable for pastas this good, especially the wavy malfadine pasta with pink peppercorns, and the sheep’s milk ricotta agnolotti, slathered in heady saffron honey sauce.

10. Bamonte's

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32 Withers St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 384-8831

Over a century in Williamsburg has made old-school, red-sauce Italian restaurant Bamonte’s a legend. Founded in 1900, it’s still in the same family, who serves up the same stately hospitality from servers in suits. Must-orders include briny clams oreganata, spaghetti and meatballs, and the famous pork chops with pickled peppers. Don’t miss the ethereal cannoli, an off-menu dessert. And yes — the ultimate signifier of Italian-American cool — The Sopranos filmed here.

A red frame house is the setting for Bamonte’s, and an old man sits on a bench in front... Robert Sietsema/Eater

11. Montesacro Pinseria

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432 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 916-1062
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Pinsa is the object of devotion at Montesacro Pinseria, a Williamsburg restaurant that focuses on the thin and crispy pizza famous in Rome. The variety is vast and includes such options as broccoli rabe and spicy sausage or albacore tuna, purple onions, and caper mayonnaise. Other standout dishes in the past have included minty tripe in tomato sauce, smoky pig head roulade, and carbonara pasta. Most diners head to the rear enclosed patio, filled with potted plants and group tables underneath a retractable ceiling.

An oblong pizza on a cutting board with tuna on top. Clay Williams/Eater

12. Faro

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436 Jefferson St
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(718) 381-8201

Pasta is the reason to come to Faro in Bushwick, the one Michelin-starred venue from Kevin and Debbie Adey. Every pasta is made at the restaurant, from recipes such as mushroom tortelli with truffle butter to the gnocchi with braised pork shank and roasted peppers. The menu changes frequently, but the options rarely disappoint. Round out the meal at this warmly lit ideal date spot with a bottle of wine.

Cavatelli on a white plate
Faro’s cavatelli
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13. Ops

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346 Himrod St
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(718) 386-4009
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The Neapolitan-ish pies at modern Bushwick pizzeria Ops are a favorite of NYC pizza obsessives, who worship the tender sourdough crust made with a custom flour blend from upstate New York — with glasses of natural wine to boot. Must-orders for first-timers include the basically perfect marinara pie as well as whatever the calzone is that day.

A calzone topped with parmesan cheese on a metal tray with a side of tomato sauce Bill Addison/Eater

14. Aita

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132 Greene Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 576-3584
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This Clinton Hill establishment has been serving homey Italian fare in a cozy setting since 2012. Chef Robert Aita’s menu is particularly known for its vegetable appetizers including the brussels sprout salad and the roasted mushrooms, but the pastas are all made in-house and highlights include the oxtail ravioli, the chestnut gnocchi, and the spinach fettuccine served with a braised duck ragout. The restaurant also serves some of the city’s best pancakes for brunch.

Pasta on a white plate Aita Trattoria [Official Photo]

15. Ferdinando's Focacceria

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151 Union St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 855-1545

The city’s oldest Sicilian restaurant, dating to 1904, is Ferdinando’s Focacceria in Carroll Gardens. The “focacceria” part of the name doesn’t refer to the familiar southern Italian bread, but to a type of snack shop often found in the island’s capital of Palermo. The menu here, once limited to small sandwiches of cow spleen or chickpeas and composed plates of seafood and vegetables of its prototype Palermo institution, now serves a full-blown Italian-American bill of fare. Depend on baked clams, fried squid or shrimp, and tomato sauce-soaked rice balls, as well as such arcana as squid ink linguine, washed down with coffee soda.

16. Frankies 457 Spuntino

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457 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 403-0033
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A picturesque backyard and a neighborhood vibe are the cherries on top at Frankies 457 Spuntino, which launched an empire on its well-executed Italian-American classics in Carroll Gardens. Open for lunch, brunch, and dinner, the restaurant is as well-known for sandwiches (meatball parm as well as the eggplant marinara) as it is for its pastas, particularly the cavatelli with hot sausage and browned sage butter. Wines are affordable, and it’s a great restaurant for groups. Reservations are recommended, but snagging a seat at the new wine bar is doable, where the full Frankies menu is served.

17. Fausto

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348 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(917) 909-1427
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The warm, orange-hued space of Fausto features a tight menu from chef Erin Shambura that rotates regularly based on the nearby Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket — though the crowd-favorite pasta, a housemade orecchiette with pork and wilted greens, is usually available. Many of the dishes lean simple, like a little gem salad or a pork chop with charred apricot mostarda. Definitely get wine, which is natural and culled by sommelier (and co-owner) Joe Campanale, and after dinner, try a vintage amaro; the staff is friendly and ready to educate. Fausto is good both for eating solo at the bar with pasta and a glass of wine and for dinner or brunch when family’s in town.

18. Al Di La Trattoria

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248 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 783-4565
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The dark, cozy space of Al Di La has been a Park Slope favorite since 1998 — both a date-night destination for Anna Klinger’s northern Italian pastas and a go-to for locals at dinner and brunch (breakfast and lunch are slated to come back in September). Go for the spaghetti neri all chitarra (black spaghetti with octopus confit, basil, and hot chile peppers), tagliatelle, and an order of mussels if it’s a first-time visit, but there’s plenty to explore, too. Listen for the specials, and prepare to wait at primetime, though it won’t be as ridiculous as more high-profile places in Manhattan.

19. Michael’s of Brooklyn

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2929 Avenue R
Brooklyn, NY 11229
(718) 998-7851
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If the ideal romantic date spot is a big plate of pasta with a lusty and piquant red sauce, Michael’s is the place. Founded in 1964 with a façade of rusticated stone, the dining room is warm and comfortable, with a pianist playing Sinatra classics and other pop songs on a grand piano on a raised platform above the bar. Linguine with red clam sauce is particularly clam-heavy, the massive veal chop is unparalleled in the borough, and everyone orders a plate of fresh mozzarella with grilled red peppers.

Linguine with red clam sauce is swimming in sauce with a sprig of parsley on the side of the bowl. Robert Sietsema/Eater

20. Joe's of Avenue U

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287 Avenue U
Brooklyn, NY 11223
(718) 449-9285

Joe’s is the city’s quintessential Sicilian spot, straight out of the 1950s located on the cramped streets of Gravesend, Brooklyn. Look at the glass case filled with vegetable and seafood dishes near the entrance, noting which ones appeal, then sit down in a dining room decorated with a delightful mural that depicts an island landscape with century-old themes. Don’t miss the chickpea fritters called panelle, the pasta con sarde loaded with sardines and sweetened with fennel, or the well-oiled octopus salad.

A pile of oiled octopus tentacles points in all directions. Robert Sietsema/Eater

21. L&B Spumoni Gardens

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2725 86th St
Brooklyn, NY 11223
(718) 449-1230
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Red picnic tables on the outdoor patio alert diners to L&B Spumoni Gardens, an iconic Gravesend hangout since 1939. The calling card here is extra-doughy Sicilian-style pizza in square form, topped first with mozzarella and then with tomato sauce and a thin layer of Pecorino Romano. Italian classics like a sausage-and-pepper hero or spaghetti and meatballs are also well-executed, as is the must-get namesake spumoni, a colorful gelato combination with pistachio, chocolate, and fruity cremolata.

A whole Sicilian pie in rectangular form with puffy dough Sonia Chopra/Eater

22. Randazzo's Clam Bar

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2017 Emmons Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11235
(718) 615-0010
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This Sheepshead Bay establishment has been a neighborhood staple for over 30 years, serving a variety of seafood dishes and pasta and known for its red sauce that comes in a spicy and medium variant. The Randazzo family has been in the seafood business in New York for nearly 100 years, and the family is still involved in all of their seafood-related businesses, including the clam bar. The star attraction here is a fried calamari dish that’s topped with the spicy version of the red sauce. The seafood diavolo, as well as the raw oysters and clam, are also not to be missed.

Randazzo’s Randazzo’s [Official Photo]

23. Lobster House Joe's

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1898 Hylan Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10305
(718) 667-0003
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Located along Staten Island’s seaboard not far from the Atlantic beaches, Lobster House Joe’s is one of the borough’s premiere Italian seafood restaurants. The double dining room is casual and nautically themed, and you can’t go wrong with one of the perfectly steamed lobsters available in a range of sizes. The place also excels at seafood salads, linguine with any kind of red sauced seafood, chowders and bisques, and anything involving clams — from raw to incorporated into pastas to stuffed and baked. There’s a newer branch on the opposite side of the island on the Arthur Kill.

A bright red lobster with its nose in a bowl of butter. Robert Sietsema/Eater

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1. Dominick's

2335 Arthur Ave, The Bronx, NY 10458

This unfussy gem located on the Bronx’s Arthur Avenue — otherwise known as the borough’s Little Italy — has been dishing out generous servings of well-sauced pasta for over 50 years. It’s more food hall than restaurant, but the servers are incredibly knowledgeable about the long menu and expertly guide diners along. Other highlights on the menu include the stuffed artichoke, as well as a large sirloin steak served with a solid side of fries.

2335 Arthur Ave
The Bronx, NY 10458

2. Roberto's

603 Crescent Ave, The Bronx, NY 10458

Roberto’s modern Italian fare, served on a side street tucked away from the hubbub of the Bronx’s Little Italy, is a welcome contrast to the red sauced Italian-American food common in the neighborhood. The wine list is more sophisticated, too, along with a chalkboard menu that trumpets dishes like pasta and seasonal vegetables steamed “in cartoccio,” or in a foil pouch, as well as bunny stewed with potatoes. Roberto Paciullo, a native of Salerno, Italy, is behind the villa-esque Roberto’s, where there’s not a meatball in sight.

603 Crescent Ave
The Bronx, NY 10458

3. Celeste

502 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

The Upper West Side has no shortage of neighborhood Italian joints, but Celeste rises above them all. Owner Carmine Mitroni rules over the boxy Neapolitan restaurant, greeting regulars and making recommendations to newcomers. Tables can’t go wrong with the pastas, especially the popular tagliatelle with shrimp, cabbage, and sheep’s milk cheese, and the pizzas sport a nice char from the wood-fired oven. Expect a wait, and cash only.

502 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024

4. Manetta's

10-76 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101

This Long Island City mainstay, directly across the Pulaski Bridge from Greenpoint, offers classic Italian cuisine with some modern twists, in a casual windowed dining room with a wood-burning oven as its focus. On the upper end of its menu, find a ribeye steak in Barolo sauce, grilled lamb chops with almond mint pesto, and baked branzino that reminds one of the Greek antecedents of southern Italian cooking. Run-of-the-mill pastas keep pace, from a classic orecchiette with sausage and broccoli rabe to a more innovative spelt spaghetti called contadina, featuring vegetables in tomato sauce. Pizzas done in the same oven are an added plus.

10-76 Jackson Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101

5. Don Angie

103 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014
Read Review |
Chrysanthemum caesar at Don Angie
Chrysanthemum Caesar at Don Angie.
Alex Staniloff/Eater

Angie Rito and Scott Tacinelli’s West Village restaurant have ushered in a new era for red sauce cooking with a supremely creative take on Italian-American fare. The duo knows how to get present the unexpected with pasta, once packing caramelle pasta with pickled cantaloupe and oozy buffalo milk mozzarella. They make a heck of a garlic bread by stuffing sesame-seeded flatbread with stracchino and Parmesan. And the chefs have produced their own amari out of sarsaparilla, resulting in a lightly boozy beverage that recalls root beer. Warning: Expect long waits if you haven’t secured a reservation, even with the addition of outdoor dining.

103 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10014

6. Via Carota

51 Grove St, New York, NY 10014

Jody Williams and Rita Sodi’s Tuscan destination Via Carota is no longer the secret neighborhood spot it used to be — expect to wait at least an hour at primetime no matter the day, or try for a late-night glass of wine and bowl of chewy cacio e pepe, one of the best in the city. When going for a larger meal, classics like the tripe and tagliatelle with prosciutto are must-tries, but the stars of the show may end up being one of the vegetable dishes. The options change regularly, and it’s hard to go wrong.

51 Grove St
New York, NY 10014

7. Fiaschetteria "Pistoia"

647 E 11th St, New York, NY 10009
Read Review |

Petite Tuscan restaurant Fiaschetteria Pistoia makes up for its size with charm — the servers are brusque yet friendly, slamming down a wooden crate of wine when asked for the list. Still, their recommendations for affordable bottles are on-point, and everything from the salads and pork cheek to the cacio e pepe and spaghetti con bottarga are celebrations of the genre. For dessert, the creamy tiramisu is so ethereally light, it’s worth ordering even if already full.

647 E 11th St
New York, NY 10009

8. Altro Paradiso

234 Spring St, New York, NY 10013
Cafe Altro Paradiso’s high-ceilinged dining room Nick Solares/Eater

Chef Ignacio Mattos is better known for his small plates phenom Estela, but his sunny Italian restaurant Altro Paradiso on a Soho corner combines the creative textural thrills of a Mattos raw dish with the nostalgic warmth of a cheese-fueled pasta. Go for whatever charcuterie or salads are available, and order multiple pastas to share.

234 Spring St
New York, NY 10013

9. Lilia

567 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Read Review |

If Spiaggia in Chicago is what put Missy Robbins on the radar, Lilia in Williamsburg is what rocketed the chef to stardom. Lucky diners might encounter Robbins near the flame-spitting wood grill, the device responsible for singing succulent lamb steaks. Unlucky diners will encounter a host quoting a two-hour wait for walk-ins. Reservations book up far in advance, which is understandable for pastas this good, especially the wavy malfadine pasta with pink peppercorns, and the sheep’s milk ricotta agnolotti, slathered in heady saffron honey sauce.

567 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

10. Bamonte's

32 Withers St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
A red frame house is the setting for Bamonte’s, and an old man sits on a bench in front... Robert Sietsema/Eater

Over a century in Williamsburg has made old-school, red-sauce Italian restaurant Bamonte’s a legend. Founded in 1900, it’s still in the same family, who serves up the same stately hospitality from servers in suits. Must-orders include briny clams oreganata, spaghetti and meatballs, and the famous pork chops with pickled peppers. Don’t miss the ethereal cannoli, an off-menu dessert. And yes — the ultimate signifier of Italian-American cool — The Sopranos filmed here.

32 Withers St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

11. Montesacro Pinseria

432 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
An oblong pizza on a cutting board with tuna on top. Clay Williams/Eater

Pinsa is the object of devotion at Montesacro Pinseria, a Williamsburg restaurant that focuses on the thin and crispy pizza famous in Rome. The variety is vast and includes such options as broccoli rabe and spicy sausage or albacore tuna, purple onions, and caper mayonnaise. Other standout dishes in the past have included minty tripe in tomato sauce, smoky pig head roulade, and carbonara pasta. Most diners head to the rear enclosed patio, filled with potted plants and group tables underneath a retractable ceiling.

432 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

12. Faro

436 Jefferson St, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Read Review |
Cavatelli on a white plate
Faro’s cavatelli
Daniel Krieger/Eater

Pasta is the reason to come to Faro in Bushwick, the one Michelin-starred venue from Kevin and Debbie Adey. Every pasta is made at the restaurant, from recipes such as mushroom tortelli with truffle butter to the gnocchi with braised pork shank and roasted peppers. The menu changes frequently, but the options rarely disappoint. Round out the meal at this warmly lit ideal date spot with a bottle of wine.

436 Jefferson St
Brooklyn, NY 11237

13. Ops

346 Himrod St, Brooklyn, NY 11237
A calzone topped with parmesan cheese on a metal tray with a side of tomato sauce Bill Addison/Eater

The Neapolitan-ish pies at modern Bushwick pizzeria Ops are a favorite of NYC pizza obsessives, who worship the tender sourdough crust made with a custom flour blend from upstate New York — with glasses of natural wine to boot. Must-orders for first-timers include the basically perfect marinara pie as well as whatever the calzone is that day.

346 Himrod St
Brooklyn, NY 11237

14. Aita

132 Greene Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Pasta on a white plate Aita Trattoria [Official Photo]

This Clinton Hill establishment has been serving homey Italian fare in a cozy setting since 2012. Chef Robert Aita’s menu is particularly known for its vegetable appetizers including the brussels sprout salad and the roasted mushrooms, but the pastas are all made in-house and highlights include the oxtail ravioli, the chestnut gnocchi, and the spinach fettuccine served with a braised duck ragout. The restaurant also serves some of the city’s best pancakes for brunch.

132 Greene Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

15. Ferdinando's Focacceria

151 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

The city’s oldest Sicilian restaurant, dating to 1904, is Ferdinando’s Focacceria in Carroll Gardens. The “focacceria” part of the name doesn’t refer to the familiar southern Italian bread, but to a type of snack shop often found in the island’s capital of Palermo. The menu here, once limited to small sandwiches of cow spleen or chickpeas and composed plates of seafood and vegetables of its prototype Palermo institution, now serves a full-blown Italian-American bill of fare. Depend on baked clams, fried squid or shrimp, and tomato sauce-soaked rice balls, as well as such arcana as squid ink linguine, washed down with coffee soda.

151 Union St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

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16. Frankies 457 Spuntino

457 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

A picturesque backyard and a neighborhood vibe are the cherries on top at Frankies 457 Spuntino, which launched an empire on its well-executed Italian-American classics in Carroll Gardens. Open for lunch, brunch, and dinner, the restaurant is as well-known for sandwiches (meatball parm as well as the eggplant marinara) as it is for its pastas, particularly the cavatelli with hot sausage and browned sage butter. Wines are affordable, and it’s a great restaurant for groups. Reservations are recommended, but snagging a seat at the new wine bar is doable, where the full Frankies menu is served.

457 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

17. Fausto

348 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

The warm, orange-hued space of Fausto features a tight menu from chef Erin Shambura that rotates regularly based on the nearby Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket — though the crowd-favorite pasta, a housemade orecchiette with pork and wilted greens, is usually available. Many of the dishes lean simple, like a little gem salad or a pork chop with charred apricot mostarda. Definitely get wine, which is natural and culled by sommelier (and co-owner) Joe Campanale, and after dinner, try a vintage amaro; the staff is friendly and ready to educate. Fausto is good both for eating solo at the bar with pasta and a glass of wine and for dinner or brunch when family’s in town.

348 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

18. Al Di La Trattoria

248 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

The dark, cozy space of Al Di La has been a Park Slope favorite since 1998 — both a date-night destination for Anna Klinger’s northern Italian pastas and a go-to for locals at dinner and brunch (breakfast and lunch are slated to come back in September). Go for the spaghetti neri all chitarra (black spaghetti with octopus confit, basil, and hot chile peppers), tagliatelle, and an order of mussels if it’s a first-time visit, but there’s plenty to explore, too. Listen for the specials, and prepare to wait at primetime, though it won’t be as ridiculous as more high-profile places in Manhattan.

248 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

19. Michael’s of Brooklyn

2929 Avenue R, Brooklyn, NY 11229
Linguine with red clam sauce is swimming in sauce with a sprig of parsley on the side of the bowl. Robert Sietsema/Eater

If the ideal romantic date spot is a big plate of pasta with a lusty and piquant red sauce, Michael’s is the place. Founded in 1964 with a façade of rusticated stone, the dining room is warm and comfortable, with a pianist playing Sinatra classics and other pop songs on a grand piano on a raised platform above the bar. Linguine with red clam sauce is particularly clam-heavy, the massive veal chop is unparalleled in the borough, and everyone orders a plate of fresh mozzarella with grilled red peppers.

2929 Avenue R
Brooklyn, NY 11229

20. Joe's of Avenue U

287 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11223
A pile of oiled octopus tentacles points in all directions. Robert Sietsema/Eater

Joe’s is the city’s quintessential Sicilian spot, straight out of the 1950s located on the cramped streets of Gravesend, Brooklyn. Look at the glass case filled with vegetable and seafood dishes near the entrance, noting which ones appeal, then sit down in a dining room decorated with a delightful mural that depicts an island landscape with century-old themes. Don’t miss the chickpea fritters called panelle, the pasta con sarde loaded with sardines and sweetened with fennel, or the well-oiled octopus salad.

287 Avenue U
Brooklyn, NY 11223

21. L&B Spumoni Gardens

2725 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11223
A whole Sicilian pie in rectangular form with puffy dough Sonia Chopra/Eater

Red picnic tables on the outdoor patio alert diners to L&B Spumoni Gardens, an iconic Gravesend hangout since 1939. The calling card here is extra-doughy Sicilian-style pizza in square form, topped first with mozzarella and then with tomato sauce and a thin layer of Pecorino Romano. Italian classics like a sausage-and-pepper hero or spaghetti and meatballs are also well-executed, as is the must-get namesake spumoni, a colorful gelato combination with pistachio, chocolate, and fruity cremolata.

2725 86th St
Brooklyn, NY 11223

22. Randazzo's Clam Bar

2017 Emmons Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235
Randazzo’s Randazzo’s [Official Photo]

This Sheepshead Bay establishment has been a neighborhood staple for over 30 years, serving a variety of seafood dishes and pasta and known for its red sauce that comes in a spicy and medium variant. The Randazzo family has been in the seafood business in New York for nearly 100 years, and the family is still involved in all of their seafood-related businesses, including the clam bar. The star attraction here is a fried calamari dish that’s topped with the spicy version of the red sauce. The seafood diavolo, as well as the raw oysters and clam, are also not to be missed.

2017 Emmons Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11235

23. Lobster House Joe's

1898 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10305
A bright red lobster with its nose in a bowl of butter. Robert Sietsema/Eater

Located along Staten Island’s seaboard not far from the Atlantic beaches, Lobster House Joe’s is one of the borough’s premiere Italian seafood restaurants. The double dining room is casual and nautically themed, and you can’t go wrong with one of the perfectly steamed lobsters available in a range of sizes. The place also excels at seafood salads, linguine with any kind of red sauced seafood, chowders and bisques, and anything involving clams — from raw to incorporated into pastas to stuffed and baked. There’s a newer branch on the opposite side of the island on the Arthur Kill.

1898 Hylan Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10305

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