Dining out enables tablemates to rub elbows, compare homemade pickles in person, and shoot the breeze before the breeze becomes self-aware. Embrace casual conversation and consumption with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian cuisine at Piatto d'Oro II in East Harlem.
The native Roman owners of Piatto d'Oro II bury eager taste buds in a delectable avalanche of pasta, pizza, seafood, and fine Italian wine. The piatto di casa—a bruschetta of garlic and virgin olive oil—greets empty stomachs as soon as they arrive. Then, passionate pasta fans and their forks are free to indulge in a variety of dishes, including the spaghetti alla carbonara ($12.95). The chicken Sophia Loren finds poultry losing its inhibitions and dancing in a fresh rain shower of shiitake mushroom sauce with prosciutto and mozzarella ($15.95). On the seafaring side of selections, the shrimps fra diavolo compiles multiple little guys in white wine and spicy tomato sauce ($15.95). Other delectable edibles include pizza ($11.95–$15.95), veal plates ($15.95), and paninis ($6.96–$8.95).
Piatto d'Oro II offers two ways to sit and sate. Diners can bask out on the sidewalk café or in the classically styled interior surrounded by green walls and leafy plants aplenty. For liquid style points, order from the full bar, which decants a selective array of Italian wines, imported beers, and Italian sodas that can't talk with their hands—because they are bottles.
- Great pizzas and service! If you are anywhere near Harlem, you should drop in for a nice simple Italian meal here. – Sumanto B., Yelp, 10/4/10
- Romantic, charming and tucked away on a bland block of spanish harlem. It was such an unexpected surprise to find this gem! The food is incredible - particularly the risotto and the lasagna (the best in new york!). The owner and staff are fantastic - attentive without being overbearing. This is a the real new york italian experience, and nobody does it better. – lemonbug, Citysearch