F&W's Kate Krader reports on ambitious chefs and meatball masters.

By Kate Krader
Updated March 31, 2015
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Italian in Manhattan

Lincoln

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Ask Jonathan Benno why he left Per Se's French-inflected kitchen to serve modern Italian at this Lincoln Center spot, and he says, "I've always liked Italy best."

Photo: Lincoln's baked-to-order lasagna verde bolognese.
Insider's Tip: Benno uses dehydrated spinach—just as Ronzoni does—for his lasagna verde.

Osteria Morini

Chef Michael White expands his impressive Italian empire to Emilia-Romagna.

Ciano

Seasonality, more than one region, will dictate the menu by chef Shea Gallante (formerly of Cru).

Food Hot Spot: On & Near Mulberry Street

Meatball Shop

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Try the classic beef and spicy pork.

Best Chocolate Cake in the World

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Part of a Portuguese chain with exceptional mousse-meringue cake.

Balaboosta

Among the best dishes at this Middle Eastern restaurant: mortar-and-pestle hummus.

Torrisi Italian Specialties

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By day, it's a deli with killer subs. At night, it's got a phenomenal prix fixe menu.