Italian

Zucchero e Pomodori

Zucchero e Pomodori

This neighborhood needs another Italian restaurant like a Port Authority bathroom needs another strange smell. We're not claiming this is the latest in a long l...
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Carino

If I wanted bland, watery home cooked food, I'd defrost something from my grandmother's freezer. The woman freezes soup for God's sake! This narrow UES Ital...
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Ernie’s

It is, and always has been, our opinion that Italian restaurants should be small, intimate places with waiters in white aprons and candles on the table. They ...
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Vespa

A crowded little Italian place on the UES. Sound familiar? It is. The funny thing is, we never get sick of decent, mid-priced pasta. Vespa has a true neighb...
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Spada

You're not going to be blown away. You're probably not even going to remember what the place is called. Sparta? Spade? Spata? What you will get is decent It...
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Sambuca

Another one of those extremely uninventive family-style restaurants that delivers a lot of food, but not much taste. We are constantly disappointed by these...
Lavagna

Lavagna

Granted this Mediterranean/Italian joint isn't the easiest place to get to, but it's well worth a stroll down to Avenue B to chow on some reasonably inexpensive...
Naples 45

Naples 45

"Brick oven pizzas the size of surfboards," "Meatballs that taste like bricks," "Waiters who are completely brickheaded." These are all comments that have come ...
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Puglia Restaurant

The king of the Little (sh)Italy rip-offs. The food and decor at Puglia are just plain uglia. All bad puns aside, this place has absolutely nothing to offer, ot...
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Al Bacio

Just another in a long line of UES little Italian haunts. But these are the great places that make the UES inhabitable, nee bearable. Lots of food for not t...
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Sotto Cinque

For the truly cheap and the insanely tasteless, try this "bistro" on the upper east side where the only thing smaller than the portions is the shared brain ...
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Ecco-la

One of our Italian surveyors told us that Ecco-la, roughly translated, means "We put free weed in our pasta." No wonder neighborhood UESers flock to this tigh...
Il Corallo

Il Corallo Trattoria

Fortunately this place doesn't take reservations, because patrons say they would have the place booked every night through the end of the year. That's what you ...