Torrisi Italian Specialties
Torrisi Italian Specialties

Torrisi Italian Specialties

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.torrisinyc.com/
  • Phone: 2122543000x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Friday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 2pm

    Dinner: Daily: 6pm - 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine
  • Catering: For off-site catering inquires please contact Kyra@majorfoods.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Prince street
  • Public Transit: By Subway:


    Broadway/Lafayette: BDFM/6 and Prince: N/R.
  • Parking: No
A word from Torrisi Italian Specialties
Torrisi is a boutique tasting room located on Mulberry Street in Manhattan that specializes in Italian-American cuisine. Opening in 2010, Torrisi has matured into one of the city's most acclaimed restaurants. In 2012, Torrisi received a Michelin Star and was also named the #1 Italian Restaurant in the City by NY Magazine.

Using exclusively domestic products, Torrisi has cultivated a dining experience that pays homage to the history and culture of New York City while remaining distinctly Italian-American in philosophy and technique. Torrisi offers a Nine Course Tasting Menu: available for lunch and dinner. This dynamic restaurant continues to grow and change. It continues to push the boundaries of what Italian-American cuisine means, and to redefine the traditional paradigms of fine dining.
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Torrisi Italian Specialties reviews from OpenTable diners
87 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (70)special occasion (61)romantic (40)neighborhood gem (29)notable wine list (25)hot spot (6)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • UESdiner
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Superb technique with non-luxury foods. You will pay dearly for the chef's expertise. Service is outstanding, unpretentious, and not hovering. Wine pricing is aggressive, with few choices under $100.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For special occassions
    rpluso
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Wine list is very good. The dinner and service never disappoint. Bring your girlfriend here if you want to propose as the ambiance is very romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    10 gorgeous, surprising, delicious courses that never failed to impress.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Amazing meal with inventive original and delicious food. Perfectly attentive and appropriate but not overbearing service. And a reasonable ambiance. Only complaint was the wine list. 200-300x pricing and I think there were 2 bottles of red under $100. To get anything good you had to spend $200+ which really should be. Bit kudos!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trying too Hard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Too many complicated dishes lacking integration of flavors. Italian? Hardly . A simpler more focused menu would compliment the lovely room and staff.
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    fit for foodies
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  • A Food Experience
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    People who are disappointed don't understand the art & chemistry of food. The food here is of the highest quality & nuance. I admit that I didn't love everything however I appreciated everything. The food was very rich and although you feel you will not leave full because the servings are small you leave quite filled. The dessert was the weakest course however the 3 amuse bouche were fantastic. A complaint I do have is too many of the courses used tree nuts. The beer selection was a tad lacking and the wine list extremely expensive. This is a place I'd go perhaps once a year but not more. Did I love the place? no, however I highly appreciated the restaurant as a food experience. The service is amazing and the decor is very warm and cute.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great, unique place
    Saque
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    we had a wonderful experience. Loved the lighting and casual atmosphere of the place. Each course was a culinary treat. Dont let the 9 courses fool you, you dont come away stuffed. Service was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Best meal of my life. My meal was cooked by 1 chef under candle light. Doesn't get cuter
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oustanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is a place no serious lover of outstanding restaurants can afford to miss. The food is so good and so creative it could be served at 11 Madison.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    Patty
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Its a very diferent place in the food tasting i never being trying those kind of taste. Everything diferent and exquisite
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Completely overrated experience
    BERNARDOVVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Out of a 9 course-tasting menu, only found a couple of courses to be above average, the rest (including dessert and the pastas) where average at best. Very expensive for what it is, not to mention the wine list gives you very few options in a reasonable pricing range. Still can't believe some critics say it's one of the best Italians in NYC, for me not even in the top 10. Even the name is a bit misleading, since many of the courses have very little of Italian.
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  • Torrisi
    Holly11
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Everything surpassed my expectations. It was outstanding- from the presentation and service to the chef's selection of items on the tasting menu- it was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner for 2
    ZindadVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The food was inconsistent. There were some brilliant courses but too many pedestrian courses especially for the price. The staff was wonderful. The room is small and welcoming. The wine list was entirely expensive with no moderate selections. I can't imagine returning.
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  • Excellent food, but sparse portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We loved the meal, but with 9 courses you'd think you'd be satiated afterwards.... unfortunately, most courses were just a nosh or a bite. This may be tasting course, but seriously, it was really a joke. The tables on both sides of us felt the same way, as we were hoping the main course was bigger. It was... it was 4 bites. If the cost is higher due to the labor, which I can imagine, make the portions larger and charge more. I had to get a crepe afterwards down the street because I left hungry. For a $400 bill, I was disappointed.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Almost perfect
    roygbiv
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Everything was delicious. Duck dish with all sorts of watermelon incarnations was our least favorite and tried too hard. Other than that, perfect for a special occasion.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good
    FooderVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was very good and based on contemporary reinterpretations of Italian/American fare. The tasting menu concept is also something interesting. Service was nice and efficient. The only negative aspect was the very expensive and restrictive wine list - I recommend bringing your own bottle. One to come back for sure.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Dont go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    High prices with no justification. They try to be gourmet but the result is below average
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  • Absolutely wonderful
    FoodieNYC22
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    5 stars for - The wine suggestion from our waiter which was ridiculously spot-on with the entire menu. - The pace of the meal was perfect. - The hospitality (my name tag on the take home petit fours box, they overheard me discuss with my boyfriend that it was his birthday and made sure Happy Birthday was written on our dessert with a candle - such a pleasant surprise.) - The food. Creative, perfectly portioned, delicious. One of the best meals I've had in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing Experience
    RLNYC
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Great intimate vibe.. Each dish is flawless executed in the kitchen and perfectly described by the staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative Twist On Fresh Ingredients
    Nadiuccia
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Highly recommended if you want to experience some innovative cuisine and delicious pairings. Each dish in the set menu was an experience, at times simply from the original pairing of basic fresh ingredients. The pace of the meal was comfortable, with each dish presented at the right time with a clear explanation by the servers. The restaurant is small with just a few tables. An evening we will remember....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Precious Plating with Attitude
    EllenMVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    My dining companion and I thought that there was an ala carte menu as well as the tasting menu. We are somewhat picky eaters, so tastings aren't for us. When we arrived, we were told that the only choice was a $100 per person tasting menu, and that if we didn't use our reservation, I would be charged $100 on the credit card I used to book the table through OpenTable. There was no negotiating with the staff and all they said is, "We'll try to work with you on food allergies." We were stuck and unhappy, and frankly, they didn't care one bit. Out paraded a series of tiny bites of food with massive attitude-- plating is king here, and you are spending a good deal of your money to pay for all the accessories. I'm never going back...
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Totally enjoyed our experience. Food and service were excellent. They were very accommodating as we had food allergies and they instantly whipped up an excellent substitution. will definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • Best of the best.
    OmantillVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The best restaurant i ve been two. Far superior than Heston's, Jean Georges, el Buli, or any Michellin starred restaurant u ve been two.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bodhi
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Very special, delicious! Only complaint... there are no reasonably priced bottles of wine. Be prepared to spend $100 a bottle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HappyEater
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Service was exceptional, place was bit too dark, most of the food was memorable although some of the selections were disappointing, seems like more attention was paid to trying to make the presentation different at the expense of the taste
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bravissimo!
    TravelJunkieVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Torrisi offers a prix fixe 9 course menu, and you can substitute the main meat course with their signature rib-eye, which we highly recommend. The food is delicious and plentiful and the wine pairings are good if not inspired. We only had one course that we disliked (a scallop that did not seem fresh) but everything else was delicious. We had a relatively early reservation and noticed that they served us both of the pasta courses at once, while the couple next to us, who arrived later, was served them separately, so we'd advise making a later reservation to allow more time to enjoy all of the courses. It's a relaxed, fun environment and service is attentive and friendly. Terrific value for the quality.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not worth the price
    AmytVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The food was very good but none of the courses were outstanding. I really enjoyed the trout but was disappointed in the salmon because it was very fishy. Very small portions but with 10 courses you don't leave terribly hungry. The palat cleanser, a lemon ginger sorbet, had entirely too much ginger and dessert was less than par. It's a nice place to go once for the experience but certainly not worth the price tag.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    load2000
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The tasting menu for Torrisi Italian Specialties was absolutely wonderful! Even though the dining space is quite small, we never felt confined or rushed during the meal. The staff did a superb job of keeping everything in order and making us feel like we were dining in the chef's personal kitchen. Overall, it was a really special experience, and worth every penny! Thank you Terrisi's, from the folks from Texas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BaldrabbitVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My wife and I wanted a nice lunch (not brunch) downtown. Few places are non-brunch on Saturday, especially July 5th. That's how we ended up here. Very small, intimate restaurant with 8 or 9 tables. Friendly and relaxed, very good, knowldgeable service; precise, beautiful food with a broad spectrum of taste. It is a fixed menu, but the skill of the kitchen was displayed by the substitutes to replace the food my wife is very allergic to. It was a 7 course tasting menu with the only choice being a meat or fish course as the main dish. It was all exquisite. Not inexpensive, but worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Words can't describe!
    ckane123
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This was one of the most memorable meals I've ever had. The service was great and very attentive and the food preparation was superb. I would highly recommend this restaurant for a date night/romantic night out where you want to be wow-ed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • THE BEST MEAL OF MY LIFE!!!
    Maiorana68VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Wow!!! Every mouthful of food was a complex explosion of complex, textured tastes. The service was excellent, too. It was just a phenomenal dining experience!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Great service and ambience.
    fdrnycVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We had lunch on a quiet Friday with only 1 other couple in the room. The service was warm and approachable. Our server was also well-informed about the ingredients. We enjoyed the food but found some of the courses a touch salty. The ingredients were fresh and in season. Each course complemented the next. It was a great experience. The dessert was a nice palette cleanser and finish to the meal. I wish there was better ventilation in the room--we smelled like the restaurant when we left. We would still go back because it was a special experience. If only it was easier to get a reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    NB23
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Wow wow wow. The service is wonderful, the wines are amazing, and the food is unparalleled. You can see that the chef is incredibly creative, and, I assume, is also having a lot of fun with his dishes. Dining at Torrisi's is an incredible experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 54 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 175 reviews are from the Torrisi Italian Specialties reviews archive.
  • Creative but too expensive
    NativeNYCer
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Torrissi is a clever business model. The food is creative and much of it is delicious (e.g. the gnocchi and the "cheesecake" dessert), but only low cost ingredients are used. For example, the grilled rice balls were delicious, as were the small pieces of duck skin, but the cost of these goods is minimal. If you wanted a tasting of steak as part of the meal, that was $30 extra. The wine list has a few bottles under $100, but very few. At the end of the day the cost of a meal for three is at least $500, including tip and wine. So, if money is not an issue, definitely try Torrissi. If you are a foodie on a budget, it may be worth it, but the price will keep you from coming back.
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  • lovely
    Verasa
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    is a lovely place, little and quiet and yet great in every detail
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    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated
    WalketedVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Too expensive for what it is, they take advantage of the michelin star to charge you over the clouds for an average NY dinner. Probabbly the most outstanding bite that I had was a morel with foie gras.. of course that caused another $50 on our tab.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Too expensive for what it is.
    Cole
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Food is hit-or-miss, service is spotty, and the wine list is outrageously expensive. Least expensive bottle is a mediocre white for $65, for a wine that retails at $15. The other 98% of wines on the list are in the hundreds, which is just bananas. For just a little bit more money, we could have gone to Le Bernadin for a far superior experience. For a hell of a lot less, we could have gone to Porsena and had a far superior experience! We will definitely select these other restaurants next time. Don't get the hype of this place.
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  • Creative Italian
    NyerVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    If you are looking for standard Italian fare this is not your place. Torrisi serves the most inventive Italian food in NYC in a small, quaint Little Italy storefront. Interesting wine list, attentive service but a tough reservation. Run to savor this gem before it closes for renovations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PhilVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Amazing, transcendent meal as always. Great service too. Only negative is it's quiet and tables are close so everyone is listening in on each others' conversations. But the food is too good to care about that. However, only complaint is it's unnecessary, after you've required a deposit to hold a reservation (even without which I wouldn't break it), to leave a message letting me know I have to call you back and "reconfirm" (WTH?) the reservation within 24 hours to avoid you "releasing it to someone else." Then I got put on hold 5+ minutes when I called. I should not have to waste my time with this when I already made the reservation. You should honor your reservations—not threaten to give them away or waste my time please!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian with a twist
    Belicious
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    The space is small w/tables very close to one another. Service was rushed as they only serve a 9 course dinner, I had to tell the server to slow down as I had 2 courses in front of me and I felt that I couldn't enjoy the food. The food choices were diverse and well prepared. Presentation of food was clever and decorative.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate