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Diners' Choice: Contemporary Italian restaurants in New York City

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Updated 05 February 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary Italian cuisine in New York City? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyses more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favourites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Cafe Mars restaurant
4.8
4.8 (27)
$50 and over
Contemporary Italian
Park Slope
About the restaurant
Café Mars is an unusual Italian restaurant. Come see what we mean!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 24 Feb 2024
Great spot for a date night or more intimate party, as tables are booths that seat four. Service was top notch. Waiter was very knowledgeable of both food and drink menu. Loved the ambiance, unique and vibrant design. Highly recommend the monkey bread and lemon pasta.
A photo of Piccola Italia restaurant
4.8
4.8 (637)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Italian
Asbury Park
About the restaurant
At Piccola Italia, chef and owner Brian Gualtieri offers his unique take on classic Italian dishes, fusing fresh Mediterranean flavors with the traditional regional styles of Italian cooking. Our menu features the highest quality seasonal ingredients and bold flavors. Piccola Italia has received high Zagat ratings year after year and with its elegant full bar with an extensive wine list, patrons will not be disappointed.

ALL MENUS AT WWW.PICCOLAITALIANJ.COM

Top review
MarcSvip
Dined on 24 Feb 2024
Another great meal at Piccolo!!! Service is always great and the food never disappoints.
A photo of Garlic Rose Bistro - Cranford restaurant
4.8
4.8 (751)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Italian
Cranford
About the restaurant
A Garlic Lovers Paradise
Established In 1996
A unique casual bistro featuring an eclectic menu that is complimented by the wonderful herb - GARLIC.
From the moment your seated you'll enjoy fresh rustic italian bread, served with our garlic rose dip and fresh warm garlic bulbs.
A relaxed casual atmosphere, paired with delicious food made from the finest, freshest, quality ingredients and attentive service makes for a great dining experience.
A full bar is available featuring the best sangria and martinis.
Garlic Rose is available for lunch, dinner, catering & private parties.
We are even VAMPIRE FRIENDLY for non garlic lovers. Items can be prepared with no garlic.
Come visit the Garlic Rose and enjoy yourself.


“Follow your nose to the Garlic Rose.”

Top review
LisaC
Dined 1 day ago
Food was excellent. Staff was friendly and went above and beyond to ensure it was a great dining experience. Highly recommend.
A photo of Aunt Jake's Pasta Experience restaurant
4.9
4.9 (344)
$30 and under
Contemporary Italian
Upper East Side
About the restaurant
Join us at Aunt Jake's Upper East Side for our Pasta Making Class & 3-course pasta menu! Classes starting 4/1, the cost is $60 per person for pasta instruction and the prefix meal. We require a $10 per person non-refundable deposit.
The entire experience is approximately 3 hours.

For best results when booking the Pasta Experience, please use the OpenTable mobile app



Aunt Jake's was founded in 2015, as the company set out to replicate the idyllic, simplistic, cuisine we grew up to enjoy. However, we wanted to create Italian food for the “next” generation. The idea was to develop an Italian concept around the customer’s choice on how to eat pasta compared to how the restaurant wanted you to eat it. With that in mind, Aunt Jakes’ core mission is to bring high-quality fresh ingredients daily to craft our handmade pasta and sauces in a health-conscious manner. The customer can mix and match, sauce with shape, and create a custom dish of their own.

Top review
LesleyK
Dined 5 days ago
Not only was the pasta making class fun and really well done, but the food was exceptional. The whole night was run great, the staff were excellent and we had a great time. I would highly recommend it. Oh and the value was out of this world!
A photo of Ponte Vecchio restaurant
4.7
4.7 (576)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Italian
Old Bridge
About the restaurant
Ponte Vecchio Italian Seafood Grille specializes in serving the finest seafood, along with the best traditional Italian Cuisine. The Decor of this 180 seat restaurant is based upon the famous "Ponte Vecchio" bridge in Florence, Italy.
Top review
SudenazK
Dined 2 days ago
Good atmosphere, would recommend for dinners. Service was 10/10
A photo of The Smashed Olive restaurant
4.7
4.7 (169)
$30 and under
Contemporary Italian
Washington
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 14 Feb 2024
Excellent service and amazing food! Would return here anytime
A photo of Theresa’s South restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2565)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Italian
Bay Head
About the restaurant
All reservations are allotted a strict 90 min. dining window from the booked reservation time regardless of party size. If you arrive late, the end time of your reservation doesn't change. Standard=Indoors. We cannot change your table type upon arrival as every table is reserved for the night. Outdoor dining is weather/outside elements permitting. In the event of inclement weather, outdoor reservations will be canceled & food will be wrapped to-go. Please do not arrive to your reservation with more guests than reserved. The table you reserved will most likely not be able to accommodate an extra seat. Incomplete parties will not be seated until all guests have arrived. Party sizes larger than 8 cannot be accommodated indoors & parties larger than 5 cannot be accomodated outdoors. WE WILL NOT GROUP MULTIPLE RESERVATIONS TO MAKE LARGER PARTIES. Please notify us of any changes/cancellations ASAP. BYOB - wine, beer & champagne only. NO OUTSIDE FOOD/BEVERAGES/DESSERTS/CAKES.
Top review
KarenHvip
Dined 7 days ago
My family loves Theresa’s South. The food is amazing, the staff is the best. I’ve seen some crazy reviews and I truly feel people have nothing better to do than complain and find things wrong wherever they go. We’ve been long time patrons of this restaurant and we have always had a wonderful dinner there. For those who haven’t tried it, GO! You won’t be disappointed.
A photo of Walnut Street Kitchen restaurant
4.5
4.5 (312)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Italian
Montclair
About the restaurant
Located near the Walnut Street Station in Montclair, NJ, Walnut Street Kitchen is your neighborhood BYOB restaurant bringing you comforting yet fresh dishes inspired by experiences and recipes passed down. In the space formerly known as Corso 98, Executive Chef-Partner Beverly Lacsina is bringing new life onto Walnut Street, an area that has been continuing to develop over many years.

Walnut Street Kitchen’s bakery next door is home to the Best Bagels in Montclair, Harvey’s Handrolled Bagels. In addition to bagels, we offer your favorite dessert and baked goods options, as well as custom cakes for any occasion.


Top review
DeanieC
Dined 1 day ago
We love this BYOB! The place is very cozy and displays local artists work. The food is made with love by Chef Beverly and is always so yummy! It is for foodies who are open to new flavors and dining experience.
A photo of Zucca Gastrobar - Westport restaurant
4.6
4.6 (88)
$30 and under
Contemporary Italian
Westport
About the restaurant
Welcome to Zucca Gastrobar! In addition to our handmade pastas and brick oven pizzas, our dishes are inspired by classic Italian ingredients and preparations.

Our extensive menu holds something for everyone. From inspired small plates and antipasti boards featuring a selection of salumi and cheeses, to entrees made with free-range poultry, sustainable seafood, and all natural meats. Our large selection of vibrant salads are made with local organic greens and seasonal produce.

Like many Italians, we believe that the best times are had over a glass of wine or an aperitivo. We offer an extensive wine by the glass selection as well as a comprehensive reserve bottle list, with varietals from Italy and beyond. Our craft cocktail menu offers classic drinks with a contemporary spin.

Top review
westporter
Dined 5 days ago
ZUCCAi s always a pleasure….from the ambience….to the staff….and always with delicious food….. We constantly recommend ZUCCA…. Its a wonderful addition to Westport’s restaurant scene…. We love ZUCCA… David and Michael
A photo of Cecconi's Dumbo restaurant
4.6
4.6 (4687)
$30 and under
Contemporary Italian
DUMBO
About the restaurant
In support of the regulations issued by the city of New York, Cecconi’s Dumbo is now open for outdoor seating until 11pm.

Cecconi’s Dumbo is a modern day classic Italian restaurant near Brooklyn Bridge park, specializing in hand-made pasta, wood-fired pizza and other Italian staples. Originating in Venice and with outposts in London and West Hollywood, Cecconi’s has become a critically acclaimed dining destination featuring simply prepared Venetian inspired food.

With waterfront views of the Manhattan Skyline, join us in our main dining room, bar or patio dinner and weekend brunch seven days a week.

Cecconi’s offers an elegant and relaxed dining experience for all guests.

Top review
Abdulrahmanvip
Dined 4 days ago
Great food as usual but the service was less than expected
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