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The Best Italian Restaurants in New York City

Your guide to finding the best pizza and pasta in the city.

Updated on Feb 01, 2024 | World of Mouth team

New York City, a melting pot of cultures, has long embraced Italian cuisine, offering a variety of options for those searching for the best Italian food in the city. From the rustic charm of Zero Otto Nove to the seafood-centric dishes at Marea, and the cozy, inviting atmosphere of Lusardi's, each restaurant transports you to the heart of Italy. These picks are not just our own opinion but they're based on recommandations from top chefs, restaurateurs and food writers, such as Will Guidara, Joshua David Stein, and Maisie Wilhelm. Whether you're a New Yorker or just visiting, our guide leads you to the best Italian restaurants in New York.

Zero Otto Nove

2357 Arthur Ave

2357 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458, USA

Zero Otto Nove is a restaurant specializing in Neapolitan wood-fired-oven pizza and housemade pasta, masterfully prepared by Chef Roberto Paciullo. The menu features a variety of dishes, from the classic Margherita pizza to unique creations such as “La Riccardo”, made with butternut squash puree, smoked mozzarella, spicy pancetta, and basil. The restaurant also offers a wide selection of pasta dishes, including the casserole-like pasta al forno, and the tenderized veal scaloppini with grilled zucchini ribbons and fontina.

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The true Little Italy of New York is in the Bronx. Take a stroll down Arthur Ave, visit over 100 years old Madonia Bakery, have pizza in Zero Otto Nove, shop grocery in the Arthur Avenue Retail Market and have a beer in the Bronx Beer Hall that is located inside. Cin Cin!

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Zero Otto Nove

Zero Otto Nove

2357 Arthur Ave

2357 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458, USA

Kimika

40 Kenmare St

40 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012, USA

Kimika is a restaurant that serves inventive Japanese-Italian dishes, complemented by a selection of creative cocktails. The menu is a blend of Italian and Japanese culinary traditions, with standout dishes like the soy butter bigoli and the cavatelli pork ragu. The restaurant also features an all-female-led kitchen staff, outdoor seating, and a rooftop with a panoramic view, offering a diverse dining experience.

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Usually hotel restaurant food is nothing to write home about. But not Kimika, located at the bottom of a modern boutique Nolita hotel. It doesn’t get listed in Michelin Guide for nothing. The menu inventive, a mashup of “Italian” and “meshi,” Japanese slang for meal. The two pasta dishes we had were super delicious, each with distinctive taste: a thick spaghetti soy butter bigoli doused in butter emulsified with soy sauce, topped with three types of chives, marinated tomatoes and a fried shallot gremolata. The pasta itself was so good, so al dente that made it satisfying to eat, with its umami flavors. I was supposed to share it with a friend and felt guilty for eating most of it. The other pasta was equally super yummy but with totally different flavors: Cavatelli pork ragu with fava beans and ricotta. Next time I would love to try their fried pizzette topped with shiso-sunflower pesto, squash shavings and chili oil, sound yummy. Just don’t order the Crispy Rice Cakes Lasagna, unless you like excessive melted cheese on too little crispy rice pasta. Nice idea to bring that Asian element into lasagna though.But I haven’t even got to the desserts yet, which were the superstars of the meal. I would return just to have their desserts. I regret not taking better pix of them. Everything was so creative and scrumptious. Their outdoor seatings give guests a nice view of the busy city. They just opened the rooftop too with a spectacular panoramic view of the city and a fun, equally inventive bar menu. And love the fact that it’s an all female-led kitchen staff.

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Kimika

Kimika

40 Kenmare St

40 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012, USA

Rezdôra

27 E 20th St

27 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003, USA

Rezdôra is a rustic Italian restaurant that specializes in the cuisine of Emilia Romagna. It is highly recommended for its well-executed, delicious pasta and an impressive wine list. With a focus on simplicity and authenticity, Rezdôra ensures a memorable dining experience with its service that matches the quality of its food.

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Some of the best pasta in NYC. Truly one of the best.Some of the best pasta in NYC - simple, but incredibly well executed and absolutely delicious. And it has service and a wine list to match. Truly one of the best.

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Rezdôra

Rezdôra

27 E 20th St

27 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003, USA

Marea

240 Central Park S

240 Central Park S, New York, NY 10019, USA

Marea is an Italian seafood restaurant known for its housemade pastas and vibrant Central Park setting. The eatery is recognized for its excellent food, particularly the golden uovo and rib eye, along with top-notch, friendly service. With its award-winning culinary reputation, Marea offers a blend of authentic coastal Italian flavors and a modern New York dining atmosphere.

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The food is excellent. Top notch, friendly and intuitive service.Happy to see that Marea NYC lives up to its sterling reputation. The bustling dining room is elegant without being overly fussy, boasting a well-curated soundtrack that is eventually drowned out by the hearty discussions being had at the tables around us as the evening wears on. The food is excellent - we really can’t fault the dishes we tried, from the golden uovo to the rib eye. We were lucky enough to catch the end of corn season - if you’re a corn lover, order everything corn related on the menu, you won’t be disappointed. Above all else, however, the service is what stands out. Truly top notch, friendly and intuitive - and no doubt the reason why Marea has plenty of regulars. A slice of the finer life in NYC.

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Marea

Marea

240 Central Park S

240 Central Park S, New York, NY 10019, USA

Lusardi's

1494 2nd Ave

1494 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10075, USA

Lusardi's is a charming, old-school Northern Italian restaurant located on the Upper East Side, known for its authentic cuisine and cozy atmosphere. It is highly recommended by locals for its excellent Italian dishes and an impressive list of Italian and US wines. Remember to book in advance to secure a table at this popular spot.

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Upper East Italian ClassicA very charming quality Italian favourite of the Upper East Side locals. It does not get much more Italian than this. Very good cuisine, lovely atmosphere and a pretty good list of Italian and US wines. Book in advance.

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Lusardi's

Lusardi's

1494 2nd Ave

1494 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10075, USA

Lilia

567 Union Ave

567 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA

Lilia is a modern Italian restaurant in Williamsburg, popular for its innovative, casual cuisine. The place is known for its wood-fired seafood, handcrafted pastas, and classic Italian cocktails, making it a favorite among food enthusiasts. The restaurant's ambiance is vibrant, often filled with a creative crowd and good music, providing a casual dining experience.

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Brooklyn’s most wanted. Modern Italian gem in Williamsburg.My New Yorker foodie friend says it’s the best Italian in the whole of New York. A lot said but anyways we love it. Fantastic innovative, casual cuisine. Organic, close produced. Expect good music, young hipsters and a creative crowd. Sit inside or outside on Williamsburg’s charming ”main street”. You will fall in love - unless you are very formal. They accept reservations 30 days in advance, and the place is always full. So reserve well in advance or pop by to try the bar table.

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Lilia

Lilia

567 Union Ave

567 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA

Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria

53 Great Jones St

53 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012, USA

Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria is an all-day Italian restaurant that doubles as a bakery and market, dedicated to offering quality products. The restaurant is known for its inventive Italian cuisine, crafted by Chef Justin Smilie, who emphasizes fresh ingredients in imaginative preparations. The venue also features a market section where you can find a range of local and Italian imported artisan products, including their original line of Italian extra virgin olive oils, vinegars, and sea salts.

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A casual, charming NoHo standby with inventive Italiante cuisineChef Justin Smilie helms this all-day (and into the night) Italian restaurant which emphasizes fresh ingredients imaginatively prepared with a long Umbria-heavy winelist and all-day bakery.

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Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria

Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria

53 Great Jones St

53 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012, USA

Via Carota

51 Grove St

51 Grove St, New York, NY 10014, USA

Via Carota is a sought-after West Village gastroteca serving exceptional Italian-inspired dishes. The restaurant's ambiance is a blend of rustic and elegant, featuring dark wood interiors, candles, linen, and homemade lace, with a white marble bar that's perfect for solo diners. On the menu, you'll find an array of delectable options, from butter beans with spinach, bagna cauda, raw artichoke salad, Sicilian meatballs, to one of the best tonnarelli cacio e pepe in town, along with a selection of Italian wines and six variations of Negroni.

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Charming and wildly popular West Village “gastroteca” with exceptional Italian-ish food (one chef/owner is Tuscan)It’s hard to come by a res at this hot spot that attracts the beautiful people of NYC and also those in search of delicious, not fussy, Italian-ish food like butter beans with spinach, bagna cauda, raw artichoke salad, Sicilian meatballs, a green salad piled high like Mt. Vesuvius with a cult following, and one of the best tonnarelli cacio e pepe in town. The vibe is dark wood, candles, linen and homemade lace— elegant but rustic. A white marble bar is great for single diners and you’ll impress your date with a table here. The wines are all Italian but I say start with one of the 6 Negroni variations or a spritz; don’t miss the anchovy + butter bruschetta, do go to town on veg dishes—they’re all amazing—and grab a pasta if you’re nostalgic for that amazing pappardelle you had last time you were in Florence. The mains are probably great, too, but honestly the rest is so good I never get one. Highly recommend the gorgeous inverted presentation of the affogato for dessert!

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Via Carota

Via Carota

51 Grove St

51 Grove St, New York, NY 10014, USA

Ci Siamo

440 W 33rd St Suite #100

440 W 33rd St Suite #100, New York, NY 10001, USA

Ci Siamo is an Italian restaurant that blends traditional and contemporary culinary styles, with a focus on wood-fired cooking and housemade pastas. The menu, created by Chef Hillary Sterling, is inspired by her extensive travels in Italy and features simple, straightforward dishes that highlight seasonal ingredients. The restaurant also offers private dining options, with floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the Empire State Building, making it an ideal spot for any occasion.

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Wonderful wood-fired Italian Bold flavors, quality ingredients, and a kiss of smoke make this airy west-side restaurant a fantastic option for lunch and dinner. Pastas are perfectly cooked and sauced for strong impact. The wine list is also first rate. Great service, to boot.

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Ci Siamo

Ci Siamo

440 W 33rd St Suite #100

440 W 33rd St Suite #100, New York, NY 10001, USA

L&B Spumoni Gardens

2725 86th St

2725 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11223, USA

L&B Spumoni Gardens is a traditional Italian eatery that has been serving remarkable Sicilian pies and ice cream since 1939. Known for its unbeatable pizza with pillowy dough, sweet tomato sauce, and mozzarella, it's a go-to spot for comfort food in any season. In the summer, guests can enjoy their food outdoors, while in the colder months, the recently renovated dining room provides a warm and inviting atmosphere.

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A Brooklyn institution for good reason with tremendous Sicilian pies.When it's the summer and you're fresh from a dip in Coney Island, when it's the winter and you need comfort, the pies at L&B are unbeatable. We're a pizza city but I haven't found anything that beats the pillowy dough, the sweet tomato sauce and the mozz of a classic Sicilian square at L&B. (During the summer, the move is to sit outside with your pizza then order the Italian ice. During the colder months, the newly remodeled dining room is plenty welcoming.)

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L&B Spumoni Gardens

L&B Spumoni Gardens

2725 86th St

2725 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11223, USA

Francie

136 Broadway

136 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA

Francie is a destination restaurant in Brooklyn, NY, known for its approachable menu inspired by European flavors. The restaurant is a collaboration between Michelin-starred Chef-Owner Christopher Cipollone and Owner-Operator John Winterman, offering a convivial neighborhood brasserie feel. Their must-have dishes include the Crown Duck for 2 and a variety of handmade pastas.

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Francie serves an approachable menu inspired by European flavors and designed for flexibility.Michelin-starred Francie, after much delay, debuted in December 2020, and is the first independent collaboration between Chef-Owner Christopher Cipollone (Piora, Cotogna) and Owner-Operator John Winterman (Bâtard, Daniel). Francie is located on the corner of Broadway & Bedford in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and has the convivial feel of a neighborhood brasserie.Must have dishes are the Crown Duck for 2 and the many hand made pastas.

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Francie

Francie

136 Broadway

136 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA

Supper

156 E 2nd St

156 E 2nd St, New York, NY 10009, USA

Supper is a cozy restaurant specializing in Northern Italian cuisine with a focus on hearty portions. Their menu, as found on their website, features a variety of dishes from handmade fresh kale gnocchi and paccheri pasta with clams, to the classic veal Milanese and the infamous spaghetti limone. Customers particularly recommend their wine list, which showcases a selection of affordable Italian wines.

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Walked in without a clue, left very happy.Northen Italian cooking in a small little cozy place . Don’t order too much as the portions are serious business. Winelist is showcasing some really affordable italian great ones.

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Supper

Supper

156 E 2nd St

156 E 2nd St, New York, NY 10009, USA

L'Artusi

228 W 10th St

228 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014, USA

L'Artusi is a modern Italian restaurant that redefines traditional cuisine with a contemporary twist. The restaurant features a crudo bar, a notable cheese program, and a walk-in wine cellar, providing a rustic yet refined dining experience. The homemade pastas are the highlight of the menu, and the olive oil cake, blending sweet and salty flavors, is a must-try to conclude your meal.

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A contemporary restaurant that reimagines traditional Italian cuisine.L'Artusi is a contemporary restaurant that reimagines traditional Italian cuisine. With a focus on rustic refinement, the place boasts a crudo bar, an impressive cheese program, and a walk-in wine cellar. The skylights on the upper level infuse the restaurant with an elegant and open atmosphere, adding to its allure. However, for those dining solo or in pairs, I highly recommend considering the bar area. Undoubtedly, the real stars of the show are the homemade pastas, served to perfection. And to conclude your dining experience, be sure to treat yourself to the indulgent olive oil cake - a dense, moist delight that harmoniously blends sweet and salty flavors.

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L'Artusi

L'Artusi

228 W 10th St

228 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014, USA

Misi

329 Kent Ave

329 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA

Misi is a contemporary Italian eatery known for its simple, fresh, and delicious food. The restaurant, located in a high-end waterfront condo building, offers an atmosphere that blends energy and sophistication. The menu at Misi features flavorful vegetable antipasti, a variety of pasta options including the delicate sheep's milk ricotta-filled occhi, and a sublime gelato for a sweet conclusion to your meal.

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Simple, fresh, and delicious - that's the essence of Misi, a contemporary Italian eatery in WIlliamsburg.Simple, fresh, and delicious - that's the essence of Misi, a contemporary Italian eatery in WIlliamsburg. Located in a high-end waterfront condo building, Misi's ambiance seamlessly transitions between energetic and sophisticated. While it may lack the rustic charm of its sister establishment, Lilia, securing a reservation here guarantees a delicious lunch or dinner experience.Begin with the flavorful and elevated vegetable antipasti before immersing yourself in the pasta options, such as the delicate sheep's milk ricotta-filled occhi adorned with bottarga and a refreshing hint of lemon. Lastly, ensure you leave room for the sublime gelato finale, a sweet and satisfying conclusion to your meal at Misi.

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Misi

Misi

329 Kent Ave

329 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA

The Lambs Club

132 W 44th St

132 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036, USA

The Lambs Club is an American restaurant located in New York, known for its elevated and fun takes on American classics through a Chef Jack Logue's lens. It's a popular choice for special occasions, with patrons praising its delicious steak tartare, shrimp platter, pastas, and desserts. In addition to its enticing menu, The Lambs Club also offers private event hosting in its versatile spaces, making it suitable for intimate dinners to large gatherings.

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Perfect place for special occasionsMy friend and I had a feast at this beautiful place with decadent food. I’m not kidding you, everything was so delicious. There’s steak tartare was the best I’ve ever had. Boiled shrimp platter, caviar, pastas, crab salad, desserts, everything was so good, we just wished our stomachs were bigger so we could finish everything. But we did take some stuff to go. Word on the street is that this is the perfect place to celebrate New Year’s Eve, as the rooftop would give you a clear view of the ball dropping.

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The Lambs Club

The Lambs Club

132 W 44th St

132 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036, USA

Dante West Village

551 Hudson St

551 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014, USA

Dante West Village, rooted deeply in the Greenwich Village since 1915, offers an ambiance reminiscent of an Italian caf, celebrated for its iconic Negroni and Garibaldi. While its walls are adorned with pictures reflecting its storied past, from bohemian writers like Ernest Hemingway to celebrities like Bob Dylan, its modern menu highlights a mix of antipasti and rustic entrees, expertly prepared on a wood-fire grill. Over the years, Dante has evolved, now boasting an award-winning bar program and modern Italian cuisine, yet retaining its original charm and sense of community.

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The wonderful scent of negronis and spritzes fills the air, where every sip is a celebration.Dante is one of my favorite bars in New York, and the perfect spot for an aperitivo. This bar in West Village has an ambiance of an Italian café, where you can enjoy their renowned Negroni and Garibaldi, or take a deep-dive into their extensive collection of amari and other aperitivos. The wonderful scent of negronis and spritzes fills the air, where every sip is a celebration. Food-wise you’ll find an array of antipasti. For those seeking more hearty options, the menu also offers rustic entrees cooked on their wood-fire grill and charcoal oven. I can highly recommend sitting in the bar!

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Dante West Village

Dante West Village

551 Hudson St

551 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014, USA

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