A Gay-borhood Mixer at Lido’s Monday, December 9th from 9 pm to Midnight. Stop by and get your Holiday cheer on! See below for all the details.
I recently dined at Isola Restaurant located at 994 Columbus Avenue (108/109th streets) and it was great! Sicilian born Sebastiano Cappitta relocated it from the Upper West Side and the restaurant is large and has outdoor seating.
Isola has a wood-fire brick oven where they cook fabulous home-made pastas and pizza. We had a margherita thin-crust pizza to begin with along with the tomatoes and fresh mozzarella appetizer and the fried calamari which the waitress recommended. Normally, I am not a fried calamari fan but it was fresh and delicious. For dinner I had the Parpadelle Ai Funghi Porcini and Truffle pasta (which is now my favorite dish there) and the rest of my party had the Fettuccine alla Bolognese, the Ravioli with spinach and ricotta, the Lasagna al forno and the chicken dish. All were home made pastas and were yummy! We topped it off with 2 delicious desserts. One was a chocolate molten dessert and the other a crepe with bananas and nutella.
They have a full bar and a great wine selection. The service was excellent, the prices reasonable, and the manager was visible and stopped by our table. I heard they have a great brunch I look forward to stopping by for it.
Isola on Columbus
994 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10025
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.
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
Great Italian Restaurant opened 2 months ago in the hood: Gran Piatto d’Oro.
The atmoshpere is relaxing and inviting, the service is top notch, and most importantly, the food is delicious! It is not as inexpensive as you would hope it to be, which is the only bad thing I can say about it. However, once you experience an evening dining there, you will feel that the price is worth it. I highly recommend their appetizer and entree specials but the standards, Sophia Loren Chicken Dish and Seafood Risotto, are also very tasty. The staff are eager to please and the opera music and sometimes live Pianist make for a very relaxing and comfortable dining experience.
Gran Piatto d’Oro
Located at 1429 Fifth Avenue (between 116th & 117th St.)
212 722 2161