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Lido Italian Restaurant – Happiness in Harlem

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“Happiness in Harlem” as written on Lido’s website is an honest statement for Italian Food lovers.  We have dined here many times since they have opened and consistently the food has been great.  After taking friends their the other night  we took a few photos of our dinner that we wanted to share and spoke with Susannah Koteen, the owner of Lido.  We complimented Susannah that we appreciate the welcoming vibe and reliable service that you can always  expect when visiting Lido.  They have loyal diners who return regularly no doubt because of the service and their food.

A born and raised Harlemite friend who recently just moved out of the area, insisted while visiting last week that we eat at Lido as he missed their cuisine. I hadn’t been in several months and was happy to go.

For the appetizers we had Tomato, Basil, and Fresh Mozzarella, Aged Prosciutto di Parma, and an assortment of other starters which are easily shareable.

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For dinner we had the Baked Halibut, Chamoula Marinade, Red Pepper Rouille over Asparagus, Parmesan, Basil Risotto (mouthwatering good!), the Ricotta Ravioli, Charred Eggplant, with Orange Mint and Almonds, and the special of the day Under a Brick Chicken with Garlic Mashed Potatoes.  Very flavorful and filling.  We would also recommend their Grass-fed Organic Strip Steak or the Gnocchi with Truffle Butter and Sage which is rich and cooked just to the right texture.

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For desert we sampled a couple things but I recommend the Sunday below if you really want to treat yourself….

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Make sure to ask for their daily specials.  I try and have something new each time if I can resist ordering the Halibut with Risotto but I usually cave in and get the Halibut.  It’s just one of those perfect meals that have you coming back for more.

They have a very lively and popular bar scene as well, for those who just want to swing by for a drink and appetizer with a friend or to meet new friends. Lido’s also host many events throughout the year from viewing political debates, gayborhood mixers for LGBT community, and featured wine dinners, which they will be having again real soon in the near future.

Lido
2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
(on the corner of 117th Street)
New York, NY 10026
(646) 490-8575

Watch the Vice Presidential Debate at Lido Tonight!

Watch the Vice Presidential Debate at Lido with Red and Blue Specialty Cocktails @ 9pm in Harlem tonight!  Thursday, October 11.

Lido scores exceptionally in Zagats! Read full review here.

HARLEM / DELIVERY AND TAKE-OUT

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V & T

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It’s all about the sauce!  This Pizzeria has been around forever.  Since 1945 to be exact.  Though it has been strongly supported by Columbia University residents throughout the years, it reaches a much broader audience of locals and customers who have been coming back for years.  Like many Italian Pizzeria menus it has something for everyone; all the classic dishes.  I’ve been eating there (and ordering in from there) consistently for the past four years and haven’t had a bad experience yet.  The pizza is perfect mainly because of the sauce.  Noticeably more rich in flavor then any competition in the area.

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But what won me over with this Pizza joint, was their delicious Entrees.  Just to name a few, the Shrimp Scampi is perfecto with what seems like an endless supply of garlic.  Their classic Chicken or Veal Parmigiana with your choice of pasta, salad or potatoes on the side and also comes with piping hot bread that is always baked to perfection.  Other courses to consider are the Lasagna Parmigiana, Chicken Cacciatore or Scarpariello, and the Veal Scaloppine Marsala or Francaise.  Also they offer one of the best Fried Calamari appetizers that is crispy with lots of lemons and dipping sauce consistently cooked to perfection each time.  This is your better than average Calamari.

We are truly blessed to have such an authentic Italian restaurant in the Lower Harlem area.  I was reading many various reviews of this place (as I said it’s been around since 1945) and the critics mostly rave, with a few who are not as impressed.  My advice to you is to go and try it for yourself.  V & T has been in the same family for 64 years and that is something to be respected and celebrated.  If you are not already one of their satisfied customers, stop by V & T today for great fulfilling tasty authentic Italian entrees & pizza.

V & T Pizzeria

1024 Amsterdam Ave

New York, NY 10025

(212) 663-1708