Flickering faux candles on chandeliers and wall sconces give a melted glow to the eatery's yellow walls and open hearth. BYOB beverages and artisanal plates of cured meats and cheeses share table acreage with San Giuseppe's signature coal-fired pizzas topped with unique combinations of figs, butternut squash, and roasted artichoke hearts. Fresh pastas, including black linguine and pappardelle, tangle around fresh seafood and vegetables beneath blankets of homemade marinara, cream, and basil sauces. Guests can add a romantic touch to a date by requesting a signature heart-shaped pizza or propose with a diamond-ring-shaped pie.
The cuisine: Italian. The vista: New York's one-of-a-kind skyline, towering high above the Hudson. Masina Trattoria's team delivers its cuisine to an outdoor patio overlooking Manhattan's iconic architecture, which wasn't built in a day—it was built in a plot of land. They also serve their food inside, where those twinkling views of the skyline fill the expansive windows, and framed black and white photos add a touch of vintage to the romantic decor.
Bearing the name of post-war actress and wife of Italian director Federico Fellini, Masina Trattoria pays homage to the spirit of the bold cuisine of Italy. Executive Chef Rocco Russo crafts classics such as gnocchi and cavatelli, but also adds inventive touches such as parsley sausage and broccoli raab.
The homey atmosphere is what first drew Italian immigrants to Patsy's in the 1930's, but it’s the famous wood-fired thin crust that soon drew the likes of Tony Bennett and Joe Dimaggio. Rumor has it regular customer Francis Ford Coppola even brought his Godfather actors there to shape their performances.
After spending years studying pizza dough at the family restaurant in Staten Island, cousins Francis Garcia and Sal Basille set out to Manhattan to create their own mouthwatering artisanal pizzas in a hip and lively atmosphere. Like Emperor Claudius’ secret discotheque underneath the Colosseum, the Artichoke eateries combine rich Italian tradition with the revelry of modern nightlife, plying patrons with frosty beers and delicious reserve wine as they sample slices of pie decked with toppings such as fresh basil, meatballs, and artichokes. Their pizzas have captured the taste buds of celebrities such as Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones and David Chang of the momofuku restaurant group. A lineup of noncircular eats including homemade garlic sticks, meatballs, and stuffed artichokes tastefully garnishes the cheesy discuses.
Inspired by the flavors of authentic Italian pies while on a Mediterranean cruise, brothers-in-law Paul Previti and Kevin Wade conjured Previti Pizza to sate slice cravings with a European edge. The menu's slate of 11 pizzas merges familiar styles with gourmet recipes to forge an array of Italian flavors that earned the title of Best Pizza in Midtown from Midtown Lunch in 2010. For unsliced eats, nine varieties of oven-baked focaccia slather toasty bread with mozzarella, chicken, and sweet italian sausage, and 13 flavors of italian ice cool palates better than beat poetry written in alphabet soup.
Under the command of Mozzarelli's artisan experts, gluten-free, organic, and whole-wheat dough transforms into wholesomely flavorful pizza pies and pasta dishes. Layer an oven-fresh savory circle with embellishments from an eight-topping list that includes goat cheese, compliment-uttering sweet onion, and olives. Pepperoni and sausage (each $3.50 extra) decorate crusts to create omnivorous relief sculptures, and an artfully applied canopy of baby spinach gives flavor-seeking taste buds a place to perch. Gluten-free pasta entrees, such as penne alfredo and baked ziti, top forks to provide gobblers with breaks in pizza action. For a similarly gluten-less conclusion, strawberry cheesecake is plucked fresh off a house-grown cheesecake tree before joining a dessert menu that also includes tiramisu and chocolate-chip-spangled biscotti. Butter up gluten-eschewing friends and family with a gift basket carrying freshly baked, sweet-tooth-wooing cargo. The assortment of cookies and brownies may include black and whites, ginger-spice cookies, and raspberry linzer tortes.