ITALIAN: Is there anything like the real thing?
I have been here only 5 years but I still have not
found Italian (especially the pasta) in New York that
is close to the real thing in Italy.
I am not talking about all of the
"Italian/American" places littered around the
I have tried Felidia's and a number of places like
There are a lot of places that taste good but this is
not the same as the real thing.
I am imagining something like in the movie "The Big
Can it really exist? Any suggestions?
Which Real Thing are you looking for? Italy has at
least a dozen different major cuisines, with thousands
of local variations. (Anyone who has eaten in both
Florence and Pisa will tell you than "Tuscan" is about
as useful a label as "French".) Many of them can be
found in NY and the surrounding area, but our local
Italian population has also developed its own
variations, every bit as valid and authentic as the
food back home. Jim's book recommends a few places
that offer authentic renditions of some styles.
Now, there are dishes I've never seen in the US, at
least partly because the ingredients don't exist here.
I would love to find someplace to get real carcioffi
alla romana, but it would require a source for Italian
artichokes, which are completely different from the
ones we have here.
One of my favorite places where I've found the food
fairly true to the Roman style, and reasonably priced,
is La Giara, on 3rd Ave. between 33rd and 34th.
re: John Knoesel
I posted one recommendation; but I never claimed to be
an expert on Italian regional cuisines. I just know
enough to know that "authentic Italian" is too broad a
category to allow useful replies.
I can say that I've never eaten authentic Florentine
cooking anywhere in the US. Has anyone else?
re: John Knoesel
Oh, that. Sorry.
La Giara is a nice place. I've been comfortable there
dressed casually and more formally, and the food covers
the same range: From really good brick-oven pizza to
excellent risotto and fish baked in a salt crust. They
have a nice wine list, perhaps a list pricey, but
suited to the food.
well I don't know about the real thing except to say if you want the real thing you have to make it yourself.I do know however of a place called Frascottis, it's in the village. I think on the corner of Grove and 7th. They have the best Penne Vodka. It's not a fancy place and it's very small but the Penne Vodka is Delish!!!!
Go to Bar Pitti, on Sixth Avenue above Houston. Trust me, I lived in Italy for a year. This is the real thing.