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If you thought you had to head to Little Italy to find great Italian food, think again. These are the 10 best Italian restaurants in New York City, based on Zagat’s 2012 restaurant survey, and they are all over the city.
Restaurants on the list are ranked based on a combination of food, decór, and service.
Il Mulino was the big loser this time around, sliding from #2 to #6. But last year’s winner retained the top spot.
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.
Setai Five Avenue Hotel, 400 Fifth Ave
Zagat Food score: 27
This new-to-the-list restaurant is the brainchild of Michael White of Marea. Expect people with expense accounts and cuisine inspired by the French-Italian Riviera.
165 Duane St.
Zagat Food Score: 27
Scalini Fedeli combines Northern Italian cuisine, great food, an extensive wine list and impeccable service, but it will cost you with the priced fixed menu starting at $65 a head.
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