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.