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Jan 22, 2009 08:58 AM

Your fave Little Italy joint

I ate a great place, but of course don't know the name. We ate outside and I THOUGHT the patio wasn't sidewalk was higher.
I don't know

what's your fave?

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  1. Frankly, I think they're all pretty mediocre, unless you count Peasant

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    1. re: ExFlexitarian

      Seconded - I finally got a chance to check out Peasant recently. Best meal I've had in quite some time.

      194 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

      1. re: thursdayclubjason

        I would agree with Peasant, as its one of my favorite restaurants but if you are talking about the standard, old-school place in the heart of Little Italy, I'd say Angelo's on Mulberry.

    2. Benito II, 163 Mulberry St., is our favorite. But then, we haven't tried anyplace else in Little Italy for years. We did give the re-created Grotta Azzurra several tries for old times' sake, but consider it a very poor imitation of the original. I do wish they'd just change the name and be done with it.

      For dessert, Cafe Roma, at the corner of Broome and Mulberry, would be our choice over the more popular Ferrara (near the corner of Mulberry and Grand), just 'cause of the lines and craziness there on the weekends.

      1. I enjoy LaMela, the food is good and the staff is great. As for dessert, I agree with Cafe Roma is far better than Ferrara, The last time I bought Biscotti at Ferrara they were tasteless. Not only is Cafe Rome pasteries better their prices are much less then Ferrara's

        1. Mine was Luna, but it's long gone.
          Forever and always a fan of umberto's for baked clams...

          1. In 25 years or more, I can't really say that I've ever had a really outstanding meal in Little Italy...enjoyable, passable, but really...nothing very special. There are dozens of other far better places elsewhere in Manhatten for good, authentic Italian food.