A subjective list from IPT. We think many products in these stores are pricey and the better-known places are often crowded. But we need our biscotti del Mulino Bianco, ricotta di pecora and pomodori in scatola without sugar. An aside: the best place for Italian shopping is Arthur Avenue in the Bronx.
1. Di Palo’s Fine Foods (Grand St.)
2. Eataly (5th Ave. and 23rd St.)
3. Buonitalia at Chelsea Market (9th Ave. and 15th St.)
4. Faicco’s Italian Specialties (Bleecker St.)
5. Nicola’s (First Ave. and 55th St.)
Join us Saturday December 11th at 6:00 pm for our Festa di Natale. Prosecco, antipasti, panettone and plenty of chiacchiere in italiano. Let us know you’re coming at firstname.lastname@example.org. Location will be given at time of reservation.
MOMA will present a complete overview of Bernardo Bertolucci’s films from December 15th to January 12th. Films range from La Commare Secca from 1962 to 2003’s The Dreamers. Bertolucci himself will be present at the screening of Il Conformista on December 15th.
Tiella, on First Avenue and 61st Street, is a welcoming and intimate Neapolitan restaurant – run by Neapolitans. The food is a creative twist on typical fare from Naples. The orata baked in a potato crust is delicious as is the home-made pasta, especially the red-wine fettuccine. There’s a good selection of Italian wines too. The coffee is strong and appropriately bitter, just like in Naples. Tiella is a great addition to the neighborhood.