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Dec 26, 2006 04:47 PM

Authentic Siclian?


I'm looking for an authentic sicilian restaurant in Manhattan for a birthday venue. We want something properly siclian not NY Italian. Any suggestions?

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  1. I can never understand why proper Sicilian cooking has not made the same inroads as cooking from the mainland. It has a much deeper grasp to the soul of Italian cooking in my eyes....though I might be slightly biased.

    One of the few I know of is Carino's on 2nd Ave btwn 88th and 89th (on the east side of the street). It's worth considering; they have the traditional double toasted breadcrumbs.

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    1. re: bocce

      I've lived nearly across the street from Carino for more than 4 years now and have never been. Always wondered why it's rarely mentioned here (good or bad).

      Anyone know if they take credit cards?



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      1. The chef is Don Pintabona at Dani Restaurant. But, again, he has made it clear that he is not trying to have a Sicilian restaurant. He has many culinary experiences in his background (I can highly recommend his book, The Shared Table)- but that he is just trying to bring these many influences and inspirations to his menu- not to try to recreate any sense of authenticity. If you're just looking for an excellent restaurant- I can recommend this place. If you are looking for a true Sicilian restaurant, you might want to look elsewhere.

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        1. re: markabauman

          thanks and i hear ya. nice website and very appealing menu. the book title sounds very, very familiar but i do not recognize his name. i think one of my friends must have the book. thanks for the reco.

        2. He was the chef for many years at Tribeca Grill.

          1. Thanks for all the tips. It's so strange that sicilian food hasn't made many inroads in NYC. I'm a New Yorker who lives in London these's all the rage there. Wanted to take my parents out for a special treat. Well, I'll look into the places you've suggested.