P J's of Little Italy

★★★★★
  • 138 Mulberry St

    New York, NY 10013

    Cross street: nr. Hester St.

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  • 212-226-3177

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We saw a small wait to get in here during the middle of the day and gave it a try. Loved the food. We came with Italian friends and they said the food was very authentic. Will go there again when we visit!

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★★★★☆

We saw a small wait to get in here during the middle of the day and gave it a try. Loved the food. We came with Italian friends and they said the food was very authentic. Will go there again when we visit!

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My husband and I make a special trip every time we come to New York. We discovered this place with friends and it has been the scene of many magical moments.

Order a bottle of wine and the Lobster Sinatra and enjoy a meandering meal. The servers won't rush you and seem to take pride in their role. It's not just a meal, it's an event! By the way, the Maitre D' is absolutely phenomenal. We come once a year and he still remembers us. Makes us feel like family.

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★★★★★

My husband and I make a special trip every time we come to New York. We discovered this place with friends and it has been the scene of many magical moments.

Order a bottle of wine and the Lobster Sinatra and enjoy a meandering meal. The servers won't rush you and seem to take pride in their role. It's not just a meal, it's an event! By the way, the Maitre D' is absolutely phenomenal. We come once a year and he still remembers us. Makes us feel like family.

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We were looking for a place to eat in Little Italy and came across Pellegrinos. It really was a highlight of our weekend in New York. The kids had the Ravioli Pelligrino, which was delicate and delicious. It had some sort of delicate butter wine sauce that really made it excellent. I had the Red Snapper, which wasn't amazing, but then again I am not a fish lover. The service was pretty good, and the prices were affordable. Overall I would recommend this place!

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★★★★☆

We were looking for a place to eat in Little Italy and came across Pellegrinos. It really was a highlight of our weekend in New York. The kids had the Ravioli Pelligrino, which was delicate and delicious. It had some sort of delicate butter wine sauce that really made it excellent. I had the Red Snapper, which wasn't amazing, but then again I am not a fish lover. The service was pretty good, and the prices were affordable. Overall I would recommend this place!

Pros: My sons meal

Cons: My meal

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Living in the neighborhood has rendered many visits to different restaurants in Little Italy. Thankfully, our search is over. This place is awesome. Fantastic swordfish appetizer. Nice selection of specials. Went early on a Wednesday night and over-crowding was no problem. Most definitely on our list to try again.

2
★★★★★

Living in the neighborhood has rendered many visits to different restaurants in Little Italy. Thankfully, our search is over. This place is awesome. Fantastic swordfish appetizer. Nice selection of specials. Went early on a Wednesday night and over-crowding was no problem. Most definitely on our list to try again.

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This is my favorite Italian restaurant ever. You can make a meal out of just the appetizers. My favorite are the portobello mushroom and the stuffed artichoke. No one else makes a stuffed artichoke like they do. It's a small restaurant so get there early or try and get a reservation.

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★★★★★

This is my favorite Italian restaurant ever. You can make a meal out of just the appetizers. My favorite are the portobello mushroom and the stuffed artichoke. No one else makes a stuffed artichoke like they do. It's a small restaurant so get there early or try and get a reservation.

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What is the measure of a truly good restaurant? Fresh food, perfectly cooked dishes, great service; how about all of these, consistently, every time you go to a restaurant. Last night was my third time at Pellegrino?s and every time is just as good as the time before it and somehow still a little bit better. The food here is sublime, a variety of fresh baked breads to start, perfect combinations of flavors, pasta so fresh it feels made to order and cooked perfectly al dente every time. My wife is a vegetarian and they easily accommodate by making the penne ala vodka sans meat, and thank god the portions were too big for her to finish because it left some for me to polish off. One of our friends that we were dining with couldn?t decide between two dishes, so what does the waiter do? Combination platter, two pastas on one plate, no extra charge. Some of the other reviewers comment on the cost, but it?s like anything else, you get what you pay for; the food is that good, I promise. For four main courses, one bottle of wine and one appetizer it was $150, all a solid investment in satisfaction. Whenever I go to little Italy I make it a point to go to Pellegrino?s.

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★★★★★

What is the measure of a truly good restaurant? Fresh food, perfectly cooked dishes, great service; how about all of these, consistently, every time you go to a restaurant. Last night was my third time at Pellegrino?s and every time is just as good as the time before it and somehow still a little bit better. The food here is sublime, a variety of fresh baked breads to start, perfect combinations of flavors, pasta so fresh it feels made to order and cooked perfectly al dente every time. My wife is a vegetarian and they easily accommodate by making the penne ala vodka sans meat, and thank god the portions were too big for her to finish because it left some for me to polish off. One of our friends that we were dining with couldn?t decide between two dishes, so what does the waiter do? Combination platter, two pastas on one plate, no extra charge. Some of the other reviewers comment on the cost, but it?s like anything else, you get what you pay for; the food is that good, I promise. For four main courses, one bottle of wine and one appetizer it was $150, all a solid investment in satisfaction. Whenever I go to little Italy I make it a point to go to Pellegrino?s.

Pros: Very fresh bread, pasta, ingredients, etc.

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I love this restaurant. The moment you walk in you get a feel family style home-cooked meals ! Very authentic. The pastas are incredible and plentiful. I tried their house special called Lobster Sinatra. The flavors are and seafood in this dish are delicious! Also try their tiramisu or cheesecake. Wow !

5
★★★★★

I love this restaurant. The moment you walk in you get a feel family style home-cooked meals ! Very authentic. The pastas are incredible and plentiful. I tried their house special called Lobster Sinatra. The flavors are and seafood in this dish are delicious! Also try their tiramisu or cheesecake. Wow !

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My husband was born raised on Mulberry Street in Little Italy, so I would say he knows good Italian Food. Pellegrinos is the Best. We go there for family events, romantic dinners for two, or just because someone came to visit. The food is amazing, I can't reccomend one dish since we have never had a bad one. When they have the Osso Bucco it is to die for, but it is a special. The gnocchi melt in your mouth and are never belly bombers like some other places. Yes Pellegrinos is a little pricier than some of the red sauce places in the area, but it is worth every dime. Anthony and Shaban make you feel like family and the waiters are courteous and efficient. You never feel rushed and are encouraged to linger over espresso with sambuca of course and a delicious home made desert. "Try it, you'll like it".

2
★★★★★

My husband was born raised on Mulberry Street in Little Italy, so I would say he knows good Italian Food. Pellegrinos is the Best. We go there for family events, romantic dinners for two, or just because someone came to visit. The food is amazing, I can't reccomend one dish since we have never had a bad one. When they have the Osso Bucco it is to die for, but it is a special. The gnocchi melt in your mouth and are never belly bombers like some other places. Yes Pellegrinos is a little pricier than some of the red sauce places in the area, but it is worth every dime. Anthony and Shaban make you feel like family and the waiters are courteous and efficient. You never feel rushed and are encouraged to linger over espresso with sambuca of course and a delicious home made desert. "Try it, you'll like it".

Pros: Great Food, Professional Service, Romantic Atmosphere

Cons: No Parking

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Just spent 5 days in NYC. And this should say it all about Pellegrino's.........we ate there 3 times!!! Thursday night dinner, Friday lunch and Sunday back for dinner. Amazing food, amazing service. San Geannaro Festival had just started and the outside seating was packed. Best food in Little Italy!! Have Ozzie wait on you, he's the best.

2
★★★★★

Just spent 5 days in NYC. And this should say it all about Pellegrino's.........we ate there 3 times!!! Thursday night dinner, Friday lunch and Sunday back for dinner. Amazing food, amazing service. San Geannaro Festival had just started and the outside seating was packed. Best food in Little Italy!! Have Ozzie wait on you, he's the best.

Pros: Wonderful food, great atmosphere

Cons: A little pricey - but it's NYC!!

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I had a great time here, I came with my wife for lunch and we absolutely loved the food. For appetizers we ordered the fried mozerella...very fresh and light it was soo good and the ceasar salad was perfect, and we ordered chicken parm and eggplant parm, both were fabulous. The service was efficient and friendly and accommodated to all of our needs. Love this place.

2
★★★★★

I had a great time here, I came with my wife for lunch and we absolutely loved the food. For appetizers we ordered the fried mozerella...very fresh and light it was soo good and the ceasar salad was perfect, and we ordered chicken parm and eggplant parm, both were fabulous. The service was efficient and friendly and accommodated to all of our needs. Love this place.

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This is the place to go in Little Italy - the food is great, service friendly and you can always get a table. Not sure why it is never crowded but it just isn't. Probably too many amateurs flocking to other restaurants. Forget Angelo's - this is the PLACE!!

Oh and the Cappucino is the best anywhere.

2
★★★★☆

This is the place to go in Little Italy - the food is great, service friendly and you can always get a table. Not sure why it is never crowded but it just isn't. Probably too many amateurs flocking to other restaurants. Forget Angelo's - this is the PLACE!!

Oh and the Cappucino is the best anywhere.

Pros: Never crowded

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Really wanted to get a 4-course meal but would have bankrupted me. I settled for the entree instead, which was the very delicious vitello alla sorentino. This was a veal cutlet with eggplant parmesan. Veal was tender and full of flavor.
Bread is also excellent.
Wait staff was timely, very polite and professional. Ambiance was okay, didn't feel necessarily italian, but overall was a pleasant restaurant.
Enjoyed my dining experience but think I am still in search for the best of the best in Little Italy.

I'll agree with a previous reviewer that it's a shame Little Italy has become confined to only Mulberry street. Chinatown is getting bigger.

2
★★★★☆

Really wanted to get a 4-course meal but would have bankrupted me. I settled for the entree instead, which was the very delicious vitello alla sorentino. This was a veal cutlet with eggplant parmesan. Veal was tender and full of flavor.
Bread is also excellent.
Wait staff was timely, very polite and professional. Ambiance was okay, didn't feel necessarily italian, but overall was a pleasant restaurant.
Enjoyed my dining experience but think I am still in search for the best of the best in Little Italy.

I'll agree with a previous reviewer that it's a shame Little Italy has become confined to only Mulberry street. Chinatown is getting bigger.

Pros: Great tasting food, Professional staff

Cons: Expensive, Average ambience

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The restaurant was recommended by a friend and we left disappointed. The food was above average, however, the service needs serious improvement. The tables in the restaurant are tightly packed (expected for a NYC restaurant.) Howver, we didn't expect to be bumped by waiters a few times during our dinner.

When we received the bill, we were surprised that 18% of gratuity was added for our party of four. We paid the full amount and after we got our change, the waiter checked in front of us to see whether there was any money left and embarrassed us by asking "where are my tips?" when he already got 18% from us!!! That was very rude and after we explained to him that he got 18% already, he checked our bill and tried to make excuses (the computer automatically added the gratuity) and never apologized!!

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★★★☆☆

The restaurant was recommended by a friend and we left disappointed. The food was above average, however, the service needs serious improvement. The tables in the restaurant are tightly packed (expected for a NYC restaurant.) Howver, we didn't expect to be bumped by waiters a few times during our dinner.

When we received the bill, we were surprised that 18% of gratuity was added for our party of four. We paid the full amount and after we got our change, the waiter checked in front of us to see whether there was any money left and embarrassed us by asking "where are my tips?" when he already got 18% from us!!! That was very rude and after we explained to him that he got 18% already, he checked our bill and tried to make excuses (the computer automatically added the gratuity) and never apologized!!

Cons: Service, Gratuity added

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My general approach to choosing a restaurant in Little Italy involves walking around and finding a place that doesn't have a wait. I've always thought that for the most part, the restaurants serve pretty similar food. Well, I was wrong. The group I was with ended up at Pellegrino's because it was the only restaurant we found where a group of six could be seated immediately, but I'll be sure to visit this place on my next trip to Little Italy. The food was wonderful - possibly the best calamari I've ever had. The only glitch I found was that one of the waiters refused to close the outside door (the breeze was very cold), but the second waiter we asked took care of it immediately. Overall, I was very pleasantly surprised.

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★★★★★

My general approach to choosing a restaurant in Little Italy involves walking around and finding a place that doesn't have a wait. I've always thought that for the most part, the restaurants serve pretty similar food. Well, I was wrong. The group I was with ended up at Pellegrino's because it was the only restaurant we found where a group of six could be seated immediately, but I'll be sure to visit this place on my next trip to Little Italy. The food was wonderful - possibly the best calamari I've ever had. The only glitch I found was that one of the waiters refused to close the outside door (the breeze was very cold), but the second waiter we asked took care of it immediately. Overall, I was very pleasantly surprised.

Pros: Great food

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One of the avarage TOURIST Italian Place. Servoce was great. Pasta was not al' dente just like the other little italy restaurant. China Town is starting to take over the Little italy which is a bit sad for big pasta fan like myself.

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★★★☆☆

One of the avarage TOURIST Italian Place. Servoce was great. Pasta was not al' dente just like the other little italy restaurant. China Town is starting to take over the Little italy which is a bit sad for big pasta fan like myself.

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When I decide to have lunch in Pellegrino's, this is where I almost inevitably end up. The other restaurants in Little Italy are just not as good. The service is either good or great, depening on who is serving you. The food is excellent, and if you're in the mood for an affordable lunch, you cannot go wrong with the entrees on the lunch menu, almost all of them available for less than $10.

The lunch menu, while a bit limited in offerings, still provides plenty of variety, but the dinner menu offers a much better array of choices. The atmosphere is not the best in the city, but it is still nice, and you will have no trouble enjoying the great food that you are served here.

2
★★★★★

When I decide to have lunch in Pellegrino's, this is where I almost inevitably end up. The other restaurants in Little Italy are just not as good. The service is either good or great, depening on who is serving you. The food is excellent, and if you're in the mood for an affordable lunch, you cannot go wrong with the entrees on the lunch menu, almost all of them available for less than $10.

The lunch menu, while a bit limited in offerings, still provides plenty of variety, but the dinner menu offers a much better array of choices. The atmosphere is not the best in the city, but it is still nice, and you will have no trouble enjoying the great food that you are served here.

Pros: Great food, Good specials

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I have been going to Pellegrino's for well over a decade. I don't even ask for a menu or a wine list. Instead, I just have them pick the special of the day and choose a wine to compliment. Dessert cart is one of a kind. Service is second to none.

2
★★★★★

I have been going to Pellegrino's for well over a decade. I don't even ask for a menu or a wine list. Instead, I just have them pick the special of the day and choose a wine to compliment. Dessert cart is one of a kind. Service is second to none.

Pros: Food, Wine, Service

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Can't fault the food or the service but watch out for the price of the specials and the coffees.

I took my out of town parents to Little Italy for Lunch. We asked the price of the fish special of the day, "around $8"was the reply. Then when the bill came it was $13. The coffees which are not priced on the menu were $5.50 - and it wasn't anything special. So the coffee cost almost as much as a bowl of pasta for lunch.

Plus they had the nerve to add a 20% gratutity when there was only three of us - thankfully they removed that when I complained about the price of the fish and the coffee.

All and all they were pretty stupid to treat us like that - everything was great, but there quibbling will mean I'll choose a different location in Little Italy next time.

1
★★★☆☆

Can't fault the food or the service but watch out for the price of the specials and the coffees.

I took my out of town parents to Little Italy for Lunch. We asked the price of the fish special of the day, "around $8"was the reply. Then when the bill came it was $13. The coffees which are not priced on the menu were $5.50 - and it wasn't anything special. So the coffee cost almost as much as a bowl of pasta for lunch.

Plus they had the nerve to add a 20% gratutity when there was only three of us - thankfully they removed that when I complained about the price of the fish and the coffee.

All and all they were pretty stupid to treat us like that - everything was great, but there quibbling will mean I'll choose a different location in Little Italy next time.

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: Price of Coffees, Add Gratuity

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I have been to quite a few of the restaurants in Little Italy, but none left me wanting to come back as much as Pellegrino's. The service was excellent from start to finish (and this was during the hectic San Gennaro Feast), the Pollo di Parma was fresh and tasty, with gravy that was second to none. The wine list was exquisite, the chocolate mousse was heavenly. I highly recommmend this little slice of Italia in downtown Manhattan.

2
★★★★★

I have been to quite a few of the restaurants in Little Italy, but none left me wanting to come back as much as Pellegrino's. The service was excellent from start to finish (and this was during the hectic San Gennaro Feast), the Pollo di Parma was fresh and tasty, with gravy that was second to none. The wine list was exquisite, the chocolate mousse was heavenly. I highly recommmend this little slice of Italia in downtown Manhattan.

Pros: excellent service, fresh food, romantic

Cons: crowded

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Had a pleasant brunch post 4th of July. The fetuccini giovanni was quite tasty and the bread served was a pleasant tomatato pasted appetizer. Not bad for an 9 dollar meal and being able to eat outside was nice. Service was efficient, no excess pleasantries but certainly not rude.

2
★★★★☆

Had a pleasant brunch post 4th of July. The fetuccini giovanni was quite tasty and the bread served was a pleasant tomatato pasted appetizer. Not bad for an 9 dollar meal and being able to eat outside was nice. Service was efficient, no excess pleasantries but certainly not rude.

Pros: price, food

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This is the type of place where you go there once and you keep going back. The service is outstanding and the food is terrific. Must see during Christmas.

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★★★★★

This is the type of place where you go there once and you keep going back. The service is outstanding and the food is terrific. Must see during Christmas.

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I enjoyed the penne ala vodka and caesar side salad, both were delicious and packed with flavor. The service was excellent and i was seated promptly during the lunch hour.

2
★★★★★

I enjoyed the penne ala vodka and caesar side salad, both were delicious and packed with flavor. The service was excellent and i was seated promptly during the lunch hour.

Pros: modest prices, good portions

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Fabulous food! We first went there in the summer and ate outside which was wonderful. I get the Shrimp Oregenata each time I go...just fantastic!

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★★★★★

Fabulous food! We first went there in the summer and ate outside which was wonderful. I get the Shrimp Oregenata each time I go...just fantastic!

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This is Italian fare at its most mediocre. The veal marsala was nothing special though the basil was a nice touch, however, the marinara was in desperate need of some. The portions were fairly large but you will pay a high price. The staff were not very freindly but the service was fast so luckily, you're not in bad company for long. The atmosphere is the best thing about it. There are plenty of better Italian restaurants on Mulberry St to choose from, but if they're all booked, why not.

1
★★★☆☆

This is Italian fare at its most mediocre. The veal marsala was nothing special though the basil was a nice touch, however, the marinara was in desperate need of some. The portions were fairly large but you will pay a high price. The staff were not very freindly but the service was fast so luckily, you're not in bad company for long. The atmosphere is the best thing about it. There are plenty of better Italian restaurants on Mulberry St to choose from, but if they're all booked, why not.

Pros: fast service, nice atmosphere

Cons: rude wait staff, expensive, bland food

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Pellegrino's deserves every bit of the ratings it receives. My family dined there on Sun., Sept 1.
and to a person everyone agreed it was the best meal we ever ate in Little Italy. The food was delicious, the portions large, and the price was reasonable. We will most definatly dine there again.

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★★★★★

Pellegrino's deserves every bit of the ratings it receives. My family dined there on Sun., Sept 1.
and to a person everyone agreed it was the best meal we ever ate in Little Italy. The food was delicious, the portions large, and the price was reasonable. We will most definatly dine there again.

Pros: food, promptly seated, atmosphere

Cons: crowded tables, noisy

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I ordered the pasta with seafood (can't remember the name os it) and it was heaven. The shrimp and calamari were cooked to perfection. I haven't had a meal where I was truly satisfied in a long time, until I came here! Def. on the pricey side, but worth it. The service was great too.

2
★★★★★

I ordered the pasta with seafood (can't remember the name os it) and it was heaven. The shrimp and calamari were cooked to perfection. I haven't had a meal where I was truly satisfied in a long time, until I came here! Def. on the pricey side, but worth it. The service was great too.

Pros: food, service

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Just had lunch at Pellegrinos. It was wonderful. Very delicious and at $6.50 for a wonderful lasanga it was a great bargain. The atmosphere and service was wonderful.

2
★★★★★

Just had lunch at Pellegrinos. It was wonderful. Very delicious and at $6.50 for a wonderful lasanga it was a great bargain. The atmosphere and service was wonderful.

Pros: Great food, Atmosphere, Service

Cons: none

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This restaurant's cuisine represents Northern Italy. I've dined with authentic Italians at this place and they give it a thumbs up. The Maitre D's and waiters are friendly and willing to explain what the dishes are. The best part is the dessert tray that's displayed for diners to see. I enjoy the warm decor and ambiance and would recommend it highly especially if you want Italian food that's not tomato-based in most of the selections.

2
★★★★★

This restaurant's cuisine represents Northern Italy. I've dined with authentic Italians at this place and they give it a thumbs up. The Maitre D's and waiters are friendly and willing to explain what the dishes are. The best part is the dessert tray that's displayed for diners to see. I enjoy the warm decor and ambiance and would recommend it highly especially if you want Italian food that's not tomato-based in most of the selections.

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Pellegrino's has rounded up all of the usual suspects to create one of the most balanced Italian menus on Mulberry Street. The standbys include homemade gnocchi, mushroom risotto, penne alla vodka and veal saltimbocca. For a little more…

 

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