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A few months ago I wrote in this column that Il Gattopardo, across from the Museum of Modern Art, was currently the finest Italian restaurant in New York. Now, I want to fudge on that claim, not because it has been superseded by another restaurant but because it has its equal at The Leopard at Des Artistes near Lincoln Center. My sophisticated read...

Italian food is once again being cooked up in DiTondo’s storied Seneca Street kitchen. But as the restaurant reopens after a three-year hiatus, it has a new name, new owners and a new vision. Rita DiTondo, a great-granddaughter of original owner Sebastiano DiTondo, and her father, John, bought the restaurant from John’s cousins in 2019. She and her...

Mamma Rosa Ristorante is located at 252 Route 100 in Somers. Owner and Executive Chef Fortunato Multari opened the eatery in October of 2011. Guests can choose from a variety of pasta dishes, such as gnocchi bolognese and lobster ravioli.  The restaurant also offers Chicken Francese, Chicken Piccata, Shrimp Scampi and more. Check out the full menu...

In the years that Alessandro Acquista spent inside his family's Queens trattoria, there was barely a task he didn't do. As a teenager, he'd work alongside his father on the weekends. Later, after studying at the French Culinary Institute and working in other New York City restaurants, he returned to Acquista Trattoria and worked every station and p...

There's nothing like sweater weather to serve as the perfect excuse for some major edible indulgence. After all, fall is the season of the harvest, Halloween treats, Thanksgiving, and, for the more globally minded gourmands among us, Eataly's Restaurant Fest. Now that's a reason to celebrate. The beloved dining festival returns to New York's favori...

Cosimo's Italian Fine Cuisine hosted its grand opening on Friday, Oct. 1. The restaurant is located at 668 South Country Road East in Patchogue. Owner Cosimo Fragomeni said over the summer he was driving past the location after a catering event, and he had a gut feeling that he should check it out.  He spoke to the owner of the business, and just a...

Hudson Yards-adjacent development Manhattan West — which opened in September 2021 — has several new restaurants and dining outlets, but there’s no doubt that Union Square Hospitality Group’s Ci Siamo is garnering the most interest. Ci Siamo, set to open October 12, is the first new restaurant in NYC from restaurateur Danny Meyer’s hospitality group...

It was a bit of ‘buona fortuna’ that seasoned restauranteur Luigi Russo settled on Manhattan’s 133 E. 61st St. New York, NY as the location in which to relocate his modern Italian restaurant Il Postino. Once the long-tenured home to another acclaimed restauranteur named Luigi, Luigi Russo is honored to follow in the footsteps of Chef Luigi Nanni by...

An Italian cafe is getting closer to an opening on a busy commercial stretch of Fort Greene. Construction fences that were installed prior to the start of the pandemic have recently come down around Saraghina Caffè, a sister establishment to Bed Stuy’s Saraghina, Bar Cicchetti and Saraghina Bakery, at 195 Dekalb Avenue. A peek in the windows showed...

Frank Badali has been making pizza for quite some time. According to the man himself, he had gotten into the line of work at the age of 14, when his father told him that he better go find a job. He did, at a corner pizzeria in Bensonhurst. His pie-making later took him to Staten Island and, following that, the great floating pie in the Hudson (also...

Italian food lovers on the Upper East Side rejoice! There is a new Italian restaurant in town. Il Postino's founder and long-time owner, Luigi Russo, has relocated his 49th Street eatery to the historic space once home to two well-known restaurants: Nanni Il Valleto and David Burke & Donatella. According to a news release, Russo is honored to follo...

When you think of an Italian neighborhood in New York City, you probably get an image of Manhattan's Little Italy in your mind. You may even think of Bensonhurst in Brooklyn or Arthur Ave. in the Belmont section of the Bronx. Unfortunately, these communities are no longer predominantly Italian. The Rossville section of Staten Island is the biggest...