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Torrisi Italian Specialties

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Address: 250 Mulberry St (at Prince St)
City: New York, NY
Zip: 10012
Phone: (212) 965-0955
Hours: Lunch Daily: 11am-4pm Dinner Daily: 6pm-10pm
Site: Visit the restaurant site
Map: Map
Cuisine: Italian
2nd Cuisine: Sandwiches
Area: Little Italy


If you're planning to stop in to Torrisi Italian Specialties for dinner, be prepared for up to a two hour wait. No reservations are taken and the restaurant's popularity has made it quite a draw. On the menu, which changes regularly, you might find dishes like goat ricotta gnocchi with Spring herbs or duck with mulberry mustard. But if you'd like the experience without the wait, lunch is a very good option. There's antipasti ranging from roasted peppers and eggplant relish to spicy broccoli rabe and whipped ricotta priced at $3-$4 per quarter pound. And then there are the hero sandwiches ($9-$11) that are outrageously delicious. The chicken in the chicken parm is crispy on the outside while tender and juicy on the inside. It's topped with homemade melted mozzarella, tomato sauce and fresh basil. It is possibly the best chicken parm in the city. Maybe that's why there are plans in the works for a new restaurant next door called "Parm." Other choices include eggplant parm, an Italian combo, and potato, egg and provolone hero. Dessert is limited to coffee cake, which goes well with a nice espresso. Torrisi Italian Specialties is definitely a place to keep on your short list. - Thomas Rafael