Sal's Little Italy

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Since 1977, Sal's Little Italy has been the premier NYC Little Italy pizzeria and Southern Italian comfort food restaurant.

Sal's Little Italy remains same family owned/operated by the Triolo family and is well-known for the famous fried calzone, classic Neapolitan NYC pizzas and family recipe comfort food specialities such as chicken marsala, and pasta e fagioli.

By 2012, Sal's Little Italy popularity grew, and Sal's moved to an expanded location at the corner of Broome & Mulberry Streets. The current location is an expanded upfront pizzeria separate from a 60 seat dining room, set in a casual exposed brick interior.

The Triolo brothers are proud, Sal's Little Italy remains one of the few Little Italy restaurants still Italian family owned/operated. Stop by and you are guaranteed to find at one of the three brothers in the pizzeria or the main dining room.

To learn more go to www.salslittleitaly.com
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1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

“Doesn’t take Opentable reservations” they also couldn’t/ wouldn’t accommodate us

JO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Disappointed in our experience at this restaurant. I took my niece and nephew so they could experience “little Italy” sinning. I received my mushroom pizza (with canned mushrooms; not fresh) 15 mins before they received their entrees. My niece politely asked for parmesan and the waitress brought it but quickly took it away before she was done with it. Much too pricey for service and food quality. Would not recommend it.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly environment and honest Italian cuisine

i
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The quality of the food was superb, one of our group ordered pizza and thought it was fantastic, the Pasta Fagioli soup was hearty and good although a little under seasoned, But after some salt and pepper excellent, the Italian Sausage amd Brocolli Rab was superb, as was the Linguini with White Clam Sauce. Only real let down was the Calamari which was bland and underwhelming. It was under Seasoned, and not particulqrly crispy. I would order a pizza as an app instead. Incedently my daughter; who hates everything, loved the Manicotti. Overall great spot. Ill be back next trip to NYC.

D
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved all the pizzas and salads Bread was a wonderful starter. Server was fun and accommodating
Would go back. Calzone was excellent

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

There were very good options and the food is amazing. The bread used I'd very fresh. That's something I loved the most.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

The calzones were hardly filled with any cheese. What a ripoff! My family has been eating at Sal’s for 30 years and the deep fried calzones were always the thing we looked forward to the most. When the calzones came out, they were flat. What am I paying $12 for? A piece of deep fried dough?

This is not the first time this happened. I visited with my brothers and sister about two months ago and the calzones were just as pathetic. This is the last time my family and I will be visiting Sal’s. On top of the disappointing calzones, the wait staff added a $30 gratuity. Where was the service? She brought over 6 beers and 8 barely filled calzones. This was not a 5 course meal. SAD!

OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Loved our server. The tv was on (with no volume). Radio was blasting with commercials, which was annoying.
Lights were too bright.

OT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

so so good!

a
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Nicht zu empfehlen: Touristenabzocke.

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RB
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was charming, inviting, and helpful. The ambiance is cozy and comfortable. We all loved the pizza and calzones especially.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is amazing. It's simple as. Good custom. Great food. You don't need anything else.

HC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Although we’d made a reservation there seemed to be some question about whether we could be seated. Within five minutes we were all settled and by the end of the evening had enjoyed fried calamari, fried zucchini, pizza, pasta, chicken francese, sausages with broccoli rabe, and chicken parm. First rate. Friendly service.

BI
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I live in Brooklyn and am culturally Italian. Just middling food. Service was very friendly. I wanted somewhere in Little Italy that isn't a tourist trap. Not bad.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were on our first trip to NYC and wanted to find a special place to eat dinner, the food and service here were wonderful! One of the best choices we made all week!

LB
Atlanta
29 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Decent pizza. Not bad by any means but better and cheaper options in the area

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends & I gathered together to celebrate my birthday at this family owned restaurant. Max one of the owners greeted us upon arrival and checked in on us throughout the meal. We were a large group and the waitress was very accomodating and helped with food suggestions. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals, from pizza to pasta to chicken entrees. Go to Sal's for an authentic Italian meal.

M
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The most delicious fried calzone! Seriously yummy. The sauces were excellent as well.

ME
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

You'll feel like one of the family at Sal's Little Italy. The service was fast and friendly and the food was delicious and exactly what we were hoping for...an authentic NY slice of pizza heaven. We will go back when we are next in the NY area. Highly recommend the Tutti Le Carni pizza.

TH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

This was a touristy restaurant - pizza was fair- calamari undercooked - wine list uninspired- would not return-

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the chicken penne vodka and it's arguably one of my favorite meals I have ever had. The complementary bread is also amazing. The staff was welcoming and lively. Keep in mind that once you have paid, you're expected to leave due to the high demand. They want to be able to seat everyone.

OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

We came here because it was on open table.... Don't be fooled!!!! This has zero ambiance that you would expect visiting little Italy!!! There was a loud tv blasting entertainment news, poor service and decent food. The calzones were good, as you'd expect.... But nothing mind blowing, don't find yourself trapped here, walk down mulberry to places with better food and ambiance

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Waitress was very unfriendly and very indifferent. Food was very expensive (much more than shown on OpenTable) and not good at all. We'll certainly never come back.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good location, great service and friendly staff. Food was great. We had a big group and had pizza, pasta, steak and seafood. All was great!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good traditional Italian food. Go for the spaghetti and meatballs. Enjoy the local color and characters.

r
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was very nice and helpful with the menu. Attentive too. Food was good, hearty and hit the spot!

NB
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had great service. Out waitress was really busy but she worked hard to get us everything we needed and she was very personable.
The food was great! I had the fried calzone which was wonderful. Everyone cleaned their plate and enjoyed their food.
We picked this place because we thought it was authentic and we weren't disappointed!

DM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Service lacking take it or leave it attitude. Bread ughhh. Wine not impressive. Took reservations. Pasta good.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is good value for money, very tasty. Whilst in NY we tried several restaurants and this was the best value.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Looking forward to old school Italian and picked Sal's. The service was great but the food was lacking. The fried calamari was frozen and really chewy. We were there on a Friday and they were out if out first 3 wine choices. My fettuccini Alfredo was really good but the added chicken was dry and seemed like it was left over from another night. 2 out of 4 of our party would return.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Solid, classic NY pizza and my favorite guilty pleasure - Sal's fried calzone. The calzones are humungeous and very good. Okay, it's almost fried pizza, but it is worth the calories. The Italian comfortfood items like chicken parm is very good. If you are looking for a no-frills place then Sal's is it.

DD
Liverpool
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Blanked by waitress when we were the only customers. She sat behind us on whatsapp all night. Wine was the only positive.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The BEST Italian food I've ever had. Seriously. The calamari was so tender it tasted like scallops. The Pizza was amazing. The fried calzone WAS TO DIE FOR! You have to taste this. The pasta was soooooo good. The cannolis were as good as everything that came before - just perfect. I mean it. You HAVE to try this place.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best lasagna ever. Every family member happy. Great service.

T
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2015
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The first sentence the waitress said was " what's wrong with you people? There are all empty tables there and you picked the only one 'reserved'?!". I reserved a table so how do I know? Then before we left she came "book a table for 3, n 2 came, n only one ate, what can I say?" well, what can I say?

k
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined on the sidewalk at Sal's in Little Italy. There was a group of family or friends next to us having an animated conversation in Italian. It was entertaining and completed the feeling of authenticity. The food was wonderful, and the service was very attentive.

WL
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time there, pizza is good... Calzone is huge and delicious.. Very causal dinning

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I'm a fan of the pizza (margarita) and the fried calzones. Good options

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Sal's has been around forever and been consistent through the years. No-frills with good food.

Not only do we like popping by for the fantastic fried calzone (not many places authentically fry the calzones..... but they do....ad we can vouch it is worth the calories), but also for an entree of good homemade, basic Italian food -- particularly the chicken marsala (my favorite.) Even though it is not the biggest restaurant in the neighborhood, we have still come to the restaurant with a large group for lunch and dinner. Pizzas are really good -- and rival most pizza places in the area, including Lombardi's. Seriously, the calzones are really that good....

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Hosts.
Very accommodating
Had a great time
Food was delicious
Fried calzone is a must try

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