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