The Best Italian Restaurants in New York City

New York City and Italian food go hand-in-hand, like spaghetti and meatballs. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Italian immigrants flocked to NYC looking for opportunities in the New World and brought their culinary traditions along with them to neighborhoods that later became Little Italy and Hell's Kitchen. Drawing on ingredients and simple techniques used in the Motherland, dishes such as saltimbocca, braciole, lasagna, cacio e pepe, and pesto sauce became commonplace items on Italian menus for those looking for a taste of home. Today, the best Italian restaurants in NYC draw inspiration from classic dishes while also adding modern, locally sourced touches. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker Lists. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Nello, Harry Cipriani, Altesi Ristorante
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Italian
Neighborhoods:Upper East Side
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Nello

$$$$·Italian·
Upper East Side
501 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Hot Spot
  • Neighborhood Gem

Say hello to Madison Avenue's Nello, an upscale eatery that is among the best Italian in New York. The extensive menu, divided into a first course and main course, has a variety of options for every d...

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Harry Cipriani

$$$$·Italian·
Upper East Side
1,402 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
  • Comfort Food

Tracing its roots to Venice, Harry Cipriani's NYC location is an almost exact duplicate of its transatlantic sister, Harry's Bar, home of the Bellini cocktail. Sidle up to the bar, order the classic c...

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Altesi Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Upper East Side
656 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies

Altesi's Spring Street Downtown location has an authentic Italian touch not seen in many NYC kitchens — a wood-burning pizza oven. Combining the restaurant's unique blend of flour, designed to char on...

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Sant Ambroeus - Madison Avenue

$$$$·Italian·
Upper East Side
658 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies

With locations in the West Village, Madison Avenue, and SOHO, Saint Ambroeus prides itself on Milanese cuisine. The Madison Ave. location has an exclusive white truffle menu, allowing diners to sample...

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Lincoln Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Upper West Side
5,647 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Neighborhood Gem

Exquisite Lincoln Center, with its reflecting pool, and Henry Moore sculpture, are the backdrop for Lincoln Ristorante, among the best Italian in New York City. The Negroni, a classic Italian cocktail...

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Il Mulino New York - Uptown

$$$$·Italian·
Upper East Side
1,586 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

Uptown Manhattan's Il Mulino, Italian for “the mill,” draws inspiration from the rugged and pastoral region of Abruzzo, east of Rome. Staples of Abruzzese cuisine include bread, wine, cheese, and past...

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Antonucci's

$$$$·Italian·
Upper East Side
204 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

For diners seeking an authentic experience where the locals like to eat, Antonucci's on the Upper East Side is among the best Italian in New York. Warm, attentive service and unpretentious dishes crea...

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San Pietro

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown East
381 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

Truly a product of the American dream via Salerno, San Pietro is a family-owned and run restaurant that looks to carry on the culinary traditions of the Bruno family. The recipes here are time-tested ...

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Masseria dei Vini

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown West
2,011 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion

Neapolitan-style pizzas with a world-class wine menu? Si, per favore! Masseria del Vini's pizzas have earned the coveted DOP mark, meaning that its authentic ingredients are guaranteed by the Italian ...

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Locanda Verde

$$$$·Italian·
TriBeCa - Downtown
2,329 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries

Neighborhood taverna Locanda Verde, located in trendy TriBeCa, is a bright and open space inside the Greenwich Hotel. Translating to “green inn,” its location at the hotel is aptly named. Locanda Verd...

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Toscana 49

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown East
1,183 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Fit for Foodies

Restaurants can offer an escape from the busy outside world, and Toscana 49, located in Midtown Manhattan, does exactly that. Slide into the restaurant's cream-colored interior and leave behind the bu...

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39 people mentioned the Manhattan
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Sfoglia

$$$$·Italian·
Upper East Side
1,558 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

A charming, rustic, brick-walled trattoria on the Upper East Side, Sfoglia's flower-lined farmhouse tables are the perfect date-night retreat or cozy get-together location. Sfoglia means “to thumb thr...

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29 people mentioned the Bread Pudding
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Santina

$$$$·Italian·
Meatpacking District
1,433 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Light, festive, and sunny describe Santina, among the best Italian in New York City. Located under the High Line in a glass box, the bright interior takes its cues from the vibrant Italian Riviera wit...

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21 people mentioned the Blue Crab
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Leuca

$$$$·Italian·
Williamsburg
928 reviews

Inspired by Southern Italian cuisine, Leuca occupies a sunny corner space in Williamsburg. Beginning with “la scarpetts” — Southern Italian dips served with pane Siciliano — diners can dunk and dip th...

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24 people mentioned the Pistachio Cake