Grotta Azzurra

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In a Nutshell

  • Rich, authentic Italian fare
  • Award-winning cuisine
  • Relaxed, elegant ambience
  • Storied history & clientele

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Promotional value expires Feb 15, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Dine-in only. Not valid for breakfast or prix-fixe menu. Must purchase 1 food item. Must use in 1 visit. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The sudden onset of hunger pains is the leading cause of unfinished novels, canceled duels, and tied soccer matches. Today's Groupon employs delicious Italian cuisine to cut down on unfinished business: for $15, you get $35 worth of Italian cuisine at Grotta Azzurra in Little Italy.

For more than a century, Grotta Azzurra has delighted diners with classic Italian cuisine, earning three consecutive awards of excellence from Wine Spectator. Delicate antipasti such as traditional fried calamari ($12) allow visitors to warm taste buds chilled by extensive envelope-licking before diving into the menu of main-course mastication possibilities. Pastas include fettuccine smothered in pink cream sauce ($15), gnocchi nestled amongst walnuts and gorgonzola ($16), and penne palling around with broccoli, olives, and sun-dried tomatoes ($15). Meat-seeking missiles will gravitate toward hearty entrees like the breaded veal chop Milanese ($29) or brandy-sauced 12-ounce filet mignon ($33). A suite of finely shaken and stirred cocktails is also available to accompany savory selections ($10).

A storied history distinguishes the Italian eatery, which was originally opened in 1908 and frequented throughout the ensuing century by celebrities including the raffish Rat Pack and the frolicsome Cat Pack. Chef Frank Castellana's culinary creations celebrate this rich heritage, all served in an elegant space with maroon leather stools dotting its burnished wood bar and classic white tablecloths contrasting the wine cellar's exposed brick and rafters.


Citysearchers give Grotta Azzurra a four-star average. TripAdvisors give it a 3.5-owl-eye average, and 70 Yelpers give it a 3.5-star average.

  • Food was amazing especially the potato croquettes. Best I've ever had. So happy we stumbled upon this place, would definitely go back. – Danielle C., Yelp, 7/21/10
  • The food was fantastic, really well cooked and presented. The service also I found to be excellent. – BenParker10, TripAdvisor

Grotta Azzurra

You can't get much more Little Italy than Grotta Azzurra. Originally opened in 1908, the restaurant is a neighborhood fixture that was once a regular hangout for Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack. Even Robert De Nero grew up on Grotta's Old World cooking. After closing for several years, a refurbished and reinvigorated Grotta Azzurra came back strong with Chef Frank Castellana helming the kitchen.

Tradition remains a guiding force behind the robust Italian menu. Castellana's chefs bake focaccia bread daily, make their own mozzarella, and create gnocchi and other pastas by hand. Menu mainstays are all time-honored classics, such as beef braciole, chicken parmigiana, and a whole Maine lobster served with clams and mussels in a spicy red sauce—the restaurant's signature entree since 1908. Grotta Azzurra pairs these hearty plates with glasses, bottles, and Erlenmeyer flasks of wine from its extensive list, which earned an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator.

Customer Reviews

We enjoyed dinner & will be back.
Michael · January 3, 2012
Good food, friendly service, inexpensive. Pasta well prepared. House wine delicious
Jean R. · October 19, 2014
Love the food and service here!!
May J. · September 11, 2014
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    Little Italy

    177 Mulberry St.

    New York, New York 10013

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