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Posted by The Radford Girls on 01/05/2013
We visited La Mela on our trip to NY. This little restaurant was great! The food was delicious, prices reasonable and the service was excellent! We can't wait to go back!
Posted by J. Austin on 06/18/2011
I'm not exactly sure what the complaints are about in other reviews. First, welcome to New York -- it is expensive (in case you didn't notice.) Secondly, welcome to Little Italy, a place mainly for tourists! That aside -- when I find myself in Little Italy I do head to Le Mela. Its friendly and the food is good. Sure, I can make my own pasta and sauce at home (I live in Midtown), but, if I'm downtown and in the mood for Italian, Le Mela is my choice. Granted this is not the best Italian restaurant, but, certainly not the worst and certainly does not deserve the negative reviews written. (Perhaps those writing the negative reviews are accustomed to Egg Noodles and Ketchup that is passed off as spaghetti and tomato sauce in their hometowns. And, have no idea about "real" Italian food.) So ignore the negative and give Le Mela a try if you are in Little Italy. You'll like it - really!
Posted by 1st generation italian visting from Texas on 05/17/2010
you can save your stomack and wallet by staying away from La Mela restarount. our dining expereince cold not have been much worse: the 3 course prix menu was was overcooked and tasteless.we ate inside where the service was poor and atmoshpere was so loud it was hard not have a conversation. a texas size disappopintment
Posted by sherry vecchione on 04/02/2010
the food is excellent -real home cooking, I am not a tourist and eat in La Mela atleast once a week--- ask for broccli rabe or escarole, tossed salad or the fish-this is what grandma makes !!
Posted by Anonymous on 02/28/2010
I had the spaghetti and meatballs, which were $14 or $15 and very overpriced for the quality. The spaghetti sauce was almost flavourless and the meatballs weren't much better. My friends' meals were similarly priced and similarly mediocre; this place seems to me to be a catering to tourists.
Posted by Pat & Colleen on 07/27/2009
Great food; traditional atmosphere; good prices. A good New York Italian restaurant I would recommend to anyone staying in the City for a few days. Worth the trip from uptown.
Posted by anon on 06/21/2009
Came here on a Saturday night, and it wasn't even halfway full - now I know why. The service was slow and nonexistent. What does one have to do for a water refill? Some of the pasta is homemade and tasty, some is not homemade and blah. The red sauce had little flavor. It's noisy, the rest of the patrons were loud older people clearly not from the city, much like the employees - it was like a cliche scene from the Sopranos or the like. And then we got stuck with some sort of alcohol fee of $30 on top of the $$ we paid for a bottle of wine. We only came here b/c our first choice was too busy, and we'll never make this mistake again.