When you’re walking down Mulberry Street in the heart of Little Italy, how do you know which restaurant is the best? There’s no shortage of them lining the street, and it always seems like each is full of diners. When I was there one evening with a friend, our one criteria was great outdoor seating. For having that as our only requirement, we lucked out because we ended up at Pellegrino’s, one the higher rated Italian restaurants in the area.
So, now it’s time for me to torture you and tell you some of the mouthwatering things you can order here.
- Mozzarella della Casa (fresh buffalo and smoked mozzarella, tomato, roasted peppers, and basil)
- Carpaccio (thinly sliced raw filet mignon with honey mustard and shaved parmigiano)
- Montebianco salad (baby argulua, romaine, endive, sliced fresh pear, crumbled gorgonzola, and homemade lemon vinaigrette)
- Rigatoni alla Vodka (rigatoni with spicy vodka cream sauce, sausage, prosciutto, and mushrooms)
- Linguine Rustica (linguine with arugula, sun dried tomato, porcini and cremini mushrooms, light tomato sauce)
- Risotto di Pesce (arborio rice with lobster, shrimp, clams, scallops, mussels, red or white sauce)
- Vitello alla Sorrentino (veal scallopine with eggplant, melted mozzarella, white wine, tomato)
- Contro Filetto (grilled prime aged black angus sirloin with cognac peppercorn sauce)
- Salmon alla Griglia (grilled salmon topped with roasted red onions and mascarpone cheese sauce)
Is your stomach growling yet? Are you mad at me for making you read all of that? Are you running out the door to find some Italian food? And that’s just a sampling of what Pellegrino’s serves! Just know that the dishes are in the $20 to $40 range, so be prepared to spend a little more, especially if you want something with seafood.
I opted for the ravioli alla Pellegrino, which is cheese-stuffed ravioli in a parmigiano butter sauce with tomatoes, garlic walnuts, and fresh rosemary. So healthy and nutritious, eh? I mean especially after we devoured the complimentary bread at your table, too…
But! The point of eating out in Little Italy isn’t to be carb-conscious! It’s to stuff yourself with comfort food while enjoying the company you’re with, which is exactly what I did. And thanks to Pellegrino’s for doing their part by making the food super delicious.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Pellegrino’s has been my favorite Little Italy restaurant that I’ve tried so far. I’m sure being able to sit outside and enjoy the atmosphere of the bustling street while dining had a part in that, but the friendly staff and great food made it special as well.
Ravioli alla Pellegrino
138 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10013