Traditional Italian Food in NYC is as common as taxi cabs and invalid subway cards. Every Italian restaurant claims to have the best this, the best that, and the most perfect traditional dishes while riding the fine line of authentic Italian cuisine and Americanized recipes. To test the tradition of these spots, New Yorkers should consider the history that each eatery boasts. Only the best survive in a plentiful city of Italian cuisine, and Lanza’s Restaurant is one of the best.
In 1904, Michael Lanza founded his charming Italian Restaurant in the East Village. The spot quickly became a neighborhood favorite, enticing locals in with delicious pasta, seafood, poultry, veal and chops dishes, as well as a variety of decadent desserts and daily specials. Each entrée is freshly concocted with Lanza’s very own recipes, and popular picks like the handmade raviolis give other Italian eateries an impossible standard to live up to.
Whether East Village diners are out on a quick lunch break or looking for an enjoyable dinner out, Lanza’s offers traditional dishes like spaghetti & meatballs and trout al rosmarino, a boneless trout sautéed in olive oil, garlic, and rosemary, served to order. For an extra authentic taste of the old country, diners are encouraged to choose a meal from the “What Mama Used to Put on the Table,” section. These specialties include classic dishes like the polpetti, meatballs braised in a plum tomato sauce, or the trippa alla marinara, honeycomb beef tripe cooked in marinara sauce.
Lanza’s Restaurant is open seven days a week, Sunday to Thursday from 12 to 11 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. Stop in to savor the flavors of the most traditional Italian food in NYC.