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Desiderio Italian-American Grill's owners Rick Marrero and Victor Rodriguez and their families serve an authentic Italian dishes crafted with secret heirloom recipes. In addition to making mozzarella in-house daily, chefs roll Grandma Joanie's meatballs from a medley of meats and classified spices, then serve them as an appetizer ($8) or use as delicious decoration for a spaghetti platter ($12). Cooks sauté mollusks in white wine, lemon, anchovies, and apple in the mussels Angelo ($14), whereas prosciutto and provolone top a filet of fried veal in the restaurant’s Veal Sinatra dish ($18). For a dessert straight out of the Bronx, Desiderio’s cannoli are imported from Artuso’s Bakery in New York, meaning diners can enjoy the indulgent dish without having to brave New York’s cat-driving taxi cabs.
Desiderio Italian-American Grill
The chefs at Desiderio Italian-American Grill hand-roll meatballs, sprinkle spices into the house marina, and fill plates with ravioli shells. They craft every dish using the family recipes of owners Rick Marrero and Victor Rodriguez, creating ricotta cheesecake and Grandma Joanie's meatballs, which blend veal, pork, and beef. What isn't crafted in-house is still handmade—the cannolis arrive fresh from Artuso Pastry, a bakery in the Little Italy neighborhood of the Bronx. The restaurant's dining space extends to an outdoor patio, which shades patrons with an awning, trees, and a cumulus cloud tethered to the roof.