As an Italian girl living in New York City, I'm thrilled about all of the restaurants offering delicious food from the heart of the Mediterranean.  My first recommendation for eating truly authentic Italian food is Eataly in the Flatiron District.  Their selection of food and beverages reflect the best Italy has to offer with something for everyone - a brewery on the rooftop, a vegetarian restaurant, and even a new Nutella bar for chocolate lovers.  Eataly is to me what Tiffany’s was for Audrey Hepburn.

Salumi from Eataly

For those of you with a sweet tooth, you'll love Grom’s artisanal gelato.  With locations scattered all over the city (my favorite is the one at Columbus Circle), you'll be able to taste this Torino gelato that uses only the best Italian ingredients.  There are new flavors every month and if you have an exotic palate you might want to try their mango and ginger gelato.

Being a Southern Italian gal, pizza is something I am absolutely picky eating.  I know it sounds like a cliché, but the Margherita pizza is through and through a symbol of the 'Belpaese' (the beautiful country), not to mention it was named after a Queen.  Pizza is a big deal to us Italians!  If you live in New York and you want the best of the best in pizza, you’re lucky, because there are plenty of top quality choices - Ribalta by Union Square, Kesté in Greenwich Village, Luzzo  and Numero 28 (they both have several locations) and Pizzarte in Midtown Manhattan all offer Italian approved pizza.  Some of these restaurants even host Italian get-togethers from the events of New York Italians, the organization that promotes Italy abroad, to the initiatives of the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce

Last, but certainly not least, another Italian gem recently opened in Brooklyn, New York.  Antica Pesa is an institution in Rome and both locations in Italy and now Brooklyn are a culinary home to the biggest celebrities in the world.  You will definitely spot a few stars while dining over the best pasta in Brooklyn.  In addition to eating the most amazing Italian food, you’ll be welcomed by a 'baciamano,' a kiss on the hand by the gentlemen who run the restaurant.  Who says chivalry is dead?

Bon appétit! 

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