Italian Cuisine in New York

New York City's numerous Italian trattorias, cucinas and dessert cafes serve traditional Italian cuisine and very stimulating dining environments! For a slice of Italy, try New York's Little Italy!

Try out some of Manhattan's best Italian dining establishments!

Baci ($9-$16 entrees) 412 Amsterdam Ave. (btw. 79th St. & 80th St.), 496-1550 M-Th (12pm-11pm) F, Sa (12pm-12am) Su (12pm-10:30pm) This fine Italian food establishment boasts one of the best swordfish.

La Balconata ($5-$12)304 E. 6th St. (bet. 1&2 Aves.) 529-8250 Recommended by a visitor: "Having returned to NYC recently, I was shocked to find rent and restaurant prices have gone through the roof. I'm currently in the East Village, and discovered a small bistro that changed my mind about getting value eating out. Excellent Mediterranean/Italian cuisine at outstanding prices. Great sevice, ambience-there's an upstairs/downstairs, and the balcony that the name is derived from. I recommend it highly!"

Ballato ($7.50-$25)55 E. Houston St. (btw. Mott St. & Mulberry St.), 274-8881 M-F 12pm-11am, Sa 3:30pm-12am, Su 4pm-11pm This trattoria is a great value serving fine Italian cuisine.

Bardolino ($15-25 dinner, $8.95 special) 1496 Second Avenue (on the corner of 78th St.) 734-9050Bardolino offers superb Italian cuisine in a romantic setting; the $8.95 early bird special can't be beat.

Carmines ($15-$20 entrees) 2450 Broadway (btw. 90th St. & 91st St.), 362-2200 M-Th 11:30am-3pm & 5pm-11pm, Fri 11:30am-3pm and 5pm-12am, Sa 11:30am-12am, Su 2pm-10pm
200 West 44th Street (btw. Broadway and 8th Ave), 221-3800 Su-M 11:30am-11pm, Tu-Sa 11:30am-12am Family style Italian cuisine. Here any one dish can serve at least two people! Be sure to make reservations for parties of 6 or more, before venturing out to this popular hang out! For dessert, ask about the bread pudding!

Caterina's ($15 & under) 213 E. 38th St. (btw. 2nd Ave. & 3rd Ave.), 922-3609 M-F 12pm-11pm, Sa 5pm-11pm Try the chicken primavera at this Italian restaurant. It's to die for!

Il Mulino ($24-$48) 86 W. 3rd St. (btw. Thompson St. & Sullivan St.),673-3783 M-F 12pm-2:30pm & 5pm-11pm Great Italian food.

Nicola Paone ($42 avg.) 207 E. 34th St. (btw. 2nd Ave. & 3rd Ave.), 889-3239 M-Sa 12pm-2pm & 5pm-9:30pm Ask about the tritone and concertino, as well as their vast selection of vintage wines. Reservations recommended, however, ties and jackets are required!

Presto's ($15 & under) 2770 Broadway (btw. 106th St. & 107th St.), 222-1760 M-F (12pm-11pm) Sa,Su (4pm-11pm) Not far south of Columbia University lies this fine Italian establishment. We hear the linguini and mussels are exceptional!

Rossini's ($40 avg.) 108 E 38th St. (btw. Lexington Ave. & Park Ave), 683-0135 M-F 12pm-11:30pm, Sa 5pm-11:30pm, Su 3pm-10pm

Sgarlato's Cafe ($15-$25) Pier 17, Promenade Level, 619-5226 M-Su, Call for business hrs. due to renovation. Will re-open March 15. Try the seafood fettucine alfredo or the capellini with fresh mushrooms! Yum.