Il Mulino, a Fried Pizza Joint, and Zero Otto Nove Opening in Manhattan
Even though Michael White is trying something new with an all-American restaurant, Italian cuisine isn't going anywhere in New York City.
In Lenox Hill, veteran eatery Il Mulino is expanding with a second Manhattan outpost at 37 E. 60th St. The concept will be the same as the original Greenwich Village restaurant, as well as outposts in Miami, Chicago, Tokyo, San Juan, and more. The Italian restaurant is also planning sister restaurants in Washington D.C., and Atlanta.
Grub Street reports that the new concept will be named Bistecca, "an Italian steakhouse with lots of leather, banquettes and a large bar." Menu items will include pastas and broccoli rabe, along with five to six types of steak, and Il Mulino favorites like bronzino and veal Parmesan.
On the Lower East Side, fried pizza parlor Montanara is opening March 28 at 168 Ludlow St., helmed by Forcella's Giulio Adriani. The menu includes the original deep-fried-then-baked montanara (tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil, Parmesan), plus a mushroom pizza, a salame picante pizza, and a marinara version.
Time Out New York also promises mini pizza sandwiches (described as "pizza-dough pouches stuffed with ingredients," like a pizza pita), as well as a dessert pie of Nutella and almonds.
In the Flatiron District, Robert Paciullo of Bronx restaurant Roberto's has opened a Manhattan location of Zero Otto Nove at 15 W. 21st St. The family-style supper joint will serve pizza and calzones, as well as family-size plates of pasta, combining Roberto's and the Bronx Zero Otto Nove for the city.
In Coney Island, Grimaldi's is opening its second Brookyln location on Surf Avenue, across from Luna Park's entrance. This helps keep our mind off all the moving drama the pizza joint has had in the last year.
Check out our list of the best Italian restaurants across the country here.