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People love Italian food for its delicious, simple ingredients and hearty flavors, and in bustling New York City, it’s never far away. Here’s our pick of the best Italian restaurants and trattorias in Little Italy and beyond.
Maialino is an old-fashioned Roman trattoria reimagined and brought to life in modern New York City, complete with spectacular views over Gramercy Park. It uses local produce to create traditional Italian dishes. The bar area provides a rustic feel, similar to a workman’s shop, where you can peruse the menu while enjoying finger foods such as lamb meatballs with tomato and ricotta, and pizza bianca dusted with smoked pancetta. While the menu changes, it offers several kinds of pasta, including a slightly sweet spaghetti carbonara. Bringing the best of ancient Italy to contemporary city life, Maialino is a must-try.
If deliciously good pasta is the only thing you’re craving, L’Artusi is the place to go. The garganelli mushroom ragu and the tomato-smothered bucatini with pancetta and chilies will disappear in a fraction of the time you’ll have waited to get a table. If you need more convincing, the restaurant features elegant decor and red table wine that gives plenty of bang for your buck.
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