The 8 Best Italian Restaurants in New York City

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With the fall coming, a nice hearty Italian meal can warm your soul.Head down to the annual San Gennaro festival in New York’s Little Italy for some street foods and zeppole.

Or step up your game and check out one of the eight best Italian restaurants in New York City, based on Zagat’s 2011 restaurant survey (via Zagat’s Buzz Blog).

Restaurants on the list are ranked based on a combination of food, decór, and service.

Italian ranked among the favourite cuisine of the surveyors, with 30 per cent claiming it’s at the top of their list.

Zagat ranks restaurants on a 30-point scale based on food, decór, and service. Ratings of 26 to 30 are considered “extraordinary to perfection,” according to the company.

#8 Felidia

243 E. 58th St.

Zagat Food Score: 26

This East Side restaurant tries to cram a lot of tables in a little space, but the townhouse is known for serving up stunning meals.

#7 Scalini Fedeli

165 Duane St.

Zagat Food Score: 27

Scalini Fedeli combines Northern Italy cuisine, great food, wine list and service, but it will cost you with the priced fixed menu starting at $65 a head.

#6 Al Di La

248 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn

Zagat Food Score: 27

This Park Slope trattoria has great prices and food, but long waits due to the 'no reservations' policy.


#5 Trattoria L'incontro

21-76 31st St., Queens

Zagat Food Score: 27

This Astoria restaurant boasts a 'mile-long' specials list and always features something new. Chef Rocco Sacramone even makes time to greet costumers.

#4 Roberto

603 Crescent Ave., Bronx

Zagat Food Score: 27

Customers swear they are in Italy and not the Bronx, but again this place offers no reservations so get ready for a long wait.

#3 Babbo

#2 Il Mulino

86 W. Third St.

Zagat Food Score: 27

The black-tie staff will bring lots of complimentary treats during the meal at this downtown eatery--a favourite of the Obamas.

#1 Marea

Would rather eat a juicy steak?

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