The Hunt for Red Sauce


Winter is always a time of year I crave great food and the warm cozy din of a candlelit restaurant. January and February are great months to check out new places since all the crowds from the holidays are gone and the city is quieter.

I am a huge fan of Italian food, and after one of my longtime favorites in the whole city, Bianca, closed in October, I have made a point to revisit old favorites as well as find new ones! Below are just a few places I have enjoyed thus far: try them out and find your own! Have fun traveling to delicious spots outside your usual neighborhood haunts, and happy eating!

Favorite Italian spots so far:

1. Supper - 156 E. 2nd St (East Village)

Old school cash only authentic italian eatery with an extensive menu and old world feel.

2. Lupa - 170 Thompson St (Greenwich Village)

Warm unpretentious roman trattoria with an amazing wine list and delicious authentic menu.

3. Frankie's Spuntino - 570 Hudson St (West Village)

Simple, fresh and delicious dishes, the sausage cavatelli is life-altering.

For my birthday next month, I plan to have the legendary pasta tasting at Babbo.

Upon recommendation from some of my favorite clients, I also can't wait to try:

1. Pisticci - 125 LaSalle St (Morningside Heights)

From the restaurant: "Pisticci is a bustling Italian trattoria named after our home town in the Basilicata. We cook creative, homespun dishes that start from scratch with food we’ve grown ourselves, and we serve things up in a lively, entertaining space." They also supposedly have an amazing cocktail menu...

2. Piccola Venezia - 42-01 28th Avenue (Astoria)

From the restaurant: Opened in 1973, "Piccola is a Northern Italian restaurant specializing in fresh home-made pastas, the freshest seafood, prime meats and game and world-class wines. "

They have an amazing review on Zagat and so I think will be well worth the trek!

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