Contrary to popular belief, during the big waves of immigration, not all Italians came from the red-sauce south, plenty came from the north as well. Many moved up and out to the suburbs over the last century. Luckily, new waves of chefs have arrived from Italy who display their italianitá through fresh takes on the traditional cuisines from Italy’s 20 distinct regions.
You know the palatial and the gargantuan celebrity dining rooms already: the posh Del Posto and Mario Batali’s Babbo, but what we have listed here are restaurants that have had and are still having a love affair with New Yorkers. But in between are trattorias that leave the formal behind in favor of something else, amore.
Much of the best Italian food is found in neighborhoods across the city, from the banks of Staten Islande, to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, where you'll find mainstays like Roberto's, to Astoria’s new chefs at Vesta, to the Upper East Side’s Luna Rossa, and the introduction of Italian Jewish cuisine on Restaurant Row in the Theater District at Lattanzi and love-story-based al di la Trattoria in Brooklyn’s Park Slope.
Michelin-starred Marea leads the way while we've pulled together ten of the best-loved Italian restaurants in New York City. Now, all you have to do is close your eyes, pick your pasta, and try one - or all - of them on for size.