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Reviews from nymag.com
Posted by NYC Resident on 07/24/2010
As a New Yorker I am surprised why some locals may call it great let alone “the best” Italian restaurant in New York. Pellegrino’s is a tourist restaurant with average (compliment for some of their dishes) food and unreasonably high prices. We went there based of ratings on menupages.com and were greatly disappointed. For appetizers we had Polenta Funghi & Vitello Osso. They tasted better than main course but nothing to rave about. Polenta was a precooked and re-heated corn meal sprinkled with diced tomatoes, garlic and lemon juice. Vitello Osso was the veal ribs in pepper rub. For main course we had Fettuccine Giovanni and Risotto Funghi. These are among the worst dishes we ever had. Risotto was a puddle of reddish slightly sour sauce. We had to fish for risotto in it, although by definition sauce must be in miniscule quantities in risotto. And for the very pricey dish they used dried mushrooms. Fettuccine Giovanni wasn’t any better. There was too much heavy cream in the sauce which overpowered everything else in it; the peppers and asparagus were undercooked and they forgot to put ham (listed on the menu). Service was mediocre: we had to ask them for the menu 10 minutes after we sat at the table. Interestedly, bill included twenty percent of gratuity. Finally, the waiter himself wrote the above tip on my credit card receipt. VERDICT: For the mediocre meal at best and bottle of the cheapest Italian Chardonnay combined with questionable service the bill was same if not higher than at better restaurants. Spend your money elsewhere.
Posted by Vanessa on 03/15/2010
Nothing beats this authentic, classy Italian restaurant in the heart of Little Italy. I have been coming to this restaurant for over five years and am often recommending this restaurant to friends and family, and they too have eaten here on multiple occasions. The food is always prepared exceptionally well, paired with decent prices. I personally recommend the penne vodka and pasta fagoli. If you come to Little Italy, you must dine at Pellegrino’s. You will undoubtedly be satisfied!
Posted by DC on 08/04/2009
this is my first review ever!! I cannot understand how this place has gotten such good reviews. I have been living in the city for over ten years and i know all the great itaian spots in the city. We tried to do something different and decided to try Little Italy. Based on the reviews from menupages we selected this place. I must say this had to be one of the worst Italian restaurant i have ever been to. They have better Italian food in Topeka, KS. The pasta supermarket quality, fish forget it. I understand that little italy is a tourist trap but you would think the food would be decent. The staff happened to be nice and attentive just cant stress enough how unpleasant the food was.
Posted by anonymous on 05/07/2009
Had just came from dinner here tonight, the appetizers -mushroom and calamari were good. It was agreed upon all of us that the entrees were incredibly salty. The bread was good and the service too.
Posted by Mainah on 04/11/2009
What a gem this place is! The food is scrumptious and service by the wait staff was unbeatable. They are even good with kids. The atmosphere is classy without being pretentious. The menu has something for everyone. I highly recommend this restaurant.
Posted by Anthony B on 02/20/2009
In NYC for Valentine's Day and it was some of the best Italian food we've ever had. We arrived a few min. early for our reservations and were seated right away. The wait staff was there for anything and everything we needed but weren't "over our shoulders" every minute... they were there when we needed. Excellent food, fair portions, good price. 2 of us ate for about $115 and didn't leave hungry.
Posted by K. Quier on 02/17/2009
We went here to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary....I have to say this is the BEST Italian food EVER (and I grew up eating authentic Italian food, as I'm 1/2 Italian)! I was VERY impressed. The food was perfection...from the freshly baked bread, to the excellent Pinot Grigio, to the succulent sea scallops on a bed of angel hair pasta with a wine/garlic sauce (my mouth is watering as I type this)! My husband enjoyed his lasagna as well (I had a bite and it was delicious)! We will definitely be back the next time we're in NYC...and we are telling all of our family and friends to go here as well! The waiters were friendly too...excellent service! I actually cried because I had such a great time, an excellent meal...and my sweet husband found this place himself on the internet! He did good!