Torrisi Italian Specialties
At this 25-seat Little Italy bistro, chef-owners Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone use their pedigreed culinary training, cheeky humor, and all-American ingredients to reinvent American food in ingenious ways. There are only two menu options: a $65, four-course, Italian-American-inspired prix-fixe, which always begins with a warm, homemade mozzarella, includes a creative pasta course (like spaghetti and clams with Tabasco sauce), a choice of meat or fish, and ends with a dainty cup of Italian ice and rainbow cookies; and a 12-15 course $125 tasting menu is that is influenced by not just Little Italy, but the entire history of New York City, from the Rockefellers to Jay-Z. The short but excellent wine list follows their made-in-America aesthetic, with especially interesting bottles from Long Island. The duo also opened a sandwich shop next door, called Parm, which serves their idealized versions of turkey, meatball and chicken parm subs, plus other red sauce classics.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.