Italian

Sometimes, the urge to have Italian food strikes, and nothing satisfies until you get it. When that happens, count on 10Best to point you in the direction of New York's best Italian restaurants. We understand the desire to have a great meal, and we work hard to bring you the top places to eat in New York. We vet restaurants carefully for quality, and when we recommend popular eateries like Babbo or tell you that Scalini Fedeli gets good reader feedback, you can believe it. We'll make sure you get - and eat - what's best.

10 Il Mulino
Known for the large portions of garlic-heavy, Italian cuisine, Il Mulino is definitely a popular spot among New York Villagers who really know good Italian. Prepare to wait at this hot spot, but never fear, the experience is worth both the wait and the money. TRAIN: A, B, C, D, E, F, Q to W 4th St (212-673-3783)

9 Il Giglio
If you are looking for traditional Italian with full flavor then you have come to the right place. The small, formal dining room offers a comfortable place to enjoy delicious spaghetti carbonara, prosciutto with melon or veal chops. Experienced presentation and outstanding service make your dining experience a true delight. TRAIN: 1,2,3, 9 to Chambers St (212-571-5555)

8 Babbo
Tucked away on Waverly Place in a former coach house, Babbo offers Italian in its purest form. Known for its classic simplicity both in décor and menu selections, this establishment provides diners with exotically named, sumptuous pastas and meats flavored to perfection by chef Mario Batali. Top off your meal with an authentic Italian wine from the extensive wine list. The lovely bi-level setting and skylight provide connoisseurs with the perfect backdrop to a truly unique meal. TRAIN: A, C, E, B, D, F, Q to W 4th St (212-777-0303, 212-353-8064)

7 Felidia
Felidia is a multi-level Italian eatery centrally located between Second and Third Avenues. This renovated townhouse boasts a refreshingly unique approach to Northern Italian cuisine by incorporating authentic recipes, including appetizers like "Krafi all'fagiolini e pesto" (Istrian wedding pillows). The Italian wine list is impressive. TRAIN: N, R to 59th St (212-758-1479)

6 Roberto's
One of the borough's best, you'll find Roberto's terra cotta facade nestled between the park and the Bronx's version of Little Italy, Arthur Avenue. The scene is pleasant, comfortable, even a tad rustic thanks to elements like the wooden, farmhouse-style tables (great for larger parties). Homemade pasta dishes are delivered in deliciously heaping portions, but wise regulars know to check the chalkboard of daily specials before they order. Indeed, Chef Roberto Paciullo never fails to offer a handful of dazzling choices like veal scalloppine or baked corkscrew pasta wrapped in tin foil. TRAIN: 2 to Pelham Pkwy (718-733-9503)

5 Erminia
This Upper East Sider features fabulous homestyle Italian cuisine and a cozy atmosphere, including candle lit tables, soft lighting and a friendly waitstaff. Expect to find an older crowd here — after all, they know best — as well as a few well-heeled youngsters who just adore the place's romantic atmosphere. Specialties include linguine with white clam sauce, stuffed veal, wood-fired fish skewers and lamb chops. Take your time and enjoy the break Erminia affords . . . just make sure you save room for dessert. TRAIN: 4,5,6 to 86th St (212-879-4284)

4 Al Di La
The husband-wife duo of Emiliano Coppa and Anna Klinger has won over the heart, soul and appetite of Brooklyn's Park Slope area with their delightful foray into traditional Venetian cuisine. Each dish here is lovingly prepared, and the labor-intensive process translates into a long, leisurely experience that allows for the enjoyment of fine wines and good company. Indeed, well worth the wait are dishes like beet ravioli with melted butter and poppy seeds, ricotta gnocchi, and braised rabbit with black olives and polenta. TRAIN: R to Union (718-783-4565)

3 Scalini Fedeli
Northern Italian cuisine is given the royal treatment at this infinitely romantic number, a place where words like "flawless" and "perfection" aren't just abstract terms ... they're measurable daily standards. Owner-Chef Michael Cetrulo never fails to dazzle with dishes like his peppered rib venison chop with port and balsamic vinegar sauce or tuna Milanese with arugula, cucumber and tarragon salad. For connoisseurs, the wine list is noteworthy for the emphasis it places on products from small, specialty vineyards. TRAIN: A, C, 1, 2, 3, 9 to Chambers St (212-528-0400)

2 Trattoria L'incontro
L'incontro makes a terrific argument for an excursion. Located in Astoria, this eatery is dressed for style and comfort — a rustic brick oven, earthy tones of brown and terra cotta, white linens, original artwork and lush greenery. Servers recite Chef Rocco Sacramone's daily specials from memory, and his homemade renditions of dishes like grilled octopus, mascarpone and pesto-stuffed ravioli, and Mediterranean sea bass are superbly done. If pizza is more your speed, their brick oven gems are a must. Music is featured Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. TRAIN: N, W to Astoria Blvd (718-721-3532)

1 Alto
Alto combines wide expanses of glass, concrete, backlit wine racks and green-apple chairs to create a sleek, lofty, and urbane dining room. Expect beautifully presented dishes such as golden seared scallops topped off by Italian flourishes of grappa-soaked raisins and toasted marcona almonds. Delicate, nuanced flavors are the norm in this establishment. Reservations after 9pm are welcome to bring a single bottle of wine for no charge. (212-308-1099)


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Il Mulino 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: West Village
COST: $$$
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Il Giglio 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: Tribeca
COST: $$
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Babbo 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking, Pastry Chef, Sommelier, Wine Cellar
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: West Village
COST: $$
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Felidia 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Counter Seating, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Pastry Chef, Sommelier, Wine Cellar
Cuisine: European, Italian
COST: $$$
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Roberto's 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out, Wine Cellar
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: Bronx
COST: $$
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Erminia 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: European, Italian
COST: $$
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Al Di La 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: Brooklyn
COST: $$
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Scalini Fedeli 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Sommelier, Wine Cellar
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: TRIBECA
COST: $$$$
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Trattoria L'incontro 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Wine Cellar
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: Queens
COST: $$
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Alto 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Chef's Table, Wine Cellar
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: Midtown East
COST: $$