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Posted by dbmor10 on 05/29/2007
If you want to eat in Little Italy. The service is spectacular. The specials are always delicious. The desserts always exquisite. I disagree with the previous reviewer who claims that it is Manhattan prices for not as good food. Every time I come to Manhattan I go out of my way from the restraunt row and other experiences in order to experience this place. I hadn't been there in over two years and the host remembered me.
Posted by boss on 04/26/2007
my wife and i have gone there many times, we drive 3hours just to eat here. food is great staff is wonderful
Posted by Jenny on 03/14/2007
My boyfriend and I ate here last weekend with the objective to have some great Italian food while he was visiting. I was worried about finding the right place because he had some Italian in San Diego a few months back that he swears was the best he EVER had. So, Pellegrino's had alot to live up to. The restaurant itself was not crowded when we got there around 6:30PM. The decoration is tasteful (though the music was some hilariously mis-matching reggae) and the mood was intimate. We immediately got some wine (it was the $38 bottle of red) which was recommended by the waiter, turned out to be a good choice. My boyfriend ordered something that was not on the menu, just to see if they could come close to replicating the Italian he had in San Diego. (it was cheese ravioli tossed with grilled shrimp in a green pesto sauce). I ordered the gnocchi with a pink sauce, and we both enjoyed the calamari (which were very lightly breaded and yummy.) My boyfriend's dish turned out EXACTLY like he wanted and he promptly inhaled it, and my gnocchi was really very good. We then finished off the meal with a glass of the house Chianti, which was dry, but good. All in all, the service was good, the food was GREAT and the ambience was flirty and fun. Go with close friends or your significant other. Don't forget the moonlit stroll afterwards!
Posted by Anon on 12/08/2006
The food and price were catered for the tourist. Food was fair, service was good and prices were as high as if we had gone to a well known Manhattan restaurant.
Posted by feedme! on 10/13/2006
My roommate and I picked this place from the great reviews it was given. As the saying goes "don't believe everything your hear" or read for that matter. The food was not good. We started with the Ceasar salad which the romaine was swimming in. On the one salad we split there was enough dressing for atleast 2 more servings. We also had the Fettucine Alfredo w/shrimp and the Eggplant Parm. A redeeming quality to the 1st dish was the shrimp was very fresh! The pasta however was taking a bath in the sauce which wasn't that flavorful. The Parm was dry, overcooked and and I would have been better served had they given me a steak knife to cut through the cheese coating. To their credit, the staff was nice and efficient! 2003 Chianti we had was very good also. That said our vote is steer clear.
Posted by kk on 10/02/2006
Friends from out of town who had never visited NYC before came in the for the weekend and we rounded out a full tour of the city with a trip to Little Italy. Their response to "where should we eat" was that it didn't matter since every place would be serving italian food. I had heard great things from a friend about Pellegrino's and was happy to find their rave reviews were right on! Waitstaff were very attentive and all the food and drinks came out pretty quickly. Our group had a lot of picky eaters but everyone managed to find something to their tastes. The Pollo Pellegrino, chicken breast topped with asparagus spears and fresh motzarella in a white wine sauce was excellent! Don't even get me started on desserts; Cannoli, amazing, and the cheesecake was great also. Their prices may not have been the cheapest on Mulberry St, but well within rage of what you'd expect for a fantastic evening of food, drinks and atmosphere. Definitly try to get a table outside because the indoor section of the place was very dark.
Posted by renee on 09/27/2006
I always hate having to pick a restaurant in Little Italy, as all the others taste the same to me, but this one was a great surprise, even during the crazy San Gennaro festival. We had the portabello appetizer smothered with fontina cheese and the mushroom risotto and lotsof the seafood pasta dishes. It was all amazing. The staff was great even while suffering through the madness of the feast. We didn't even have room for dessert but it all looked amazing- this is going to be a staple in my italian food rituals.