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It took courage to enter this dark den a decade ago, when women sported beehive hairdos and attaining the dining room required walking the length of a dark scary bar. Once inside you'd receive a warm welcome and feast on eggplant rollatini, clams casino, and bulging raviolis at this restaurant founded by Ottati immigrants a century ago, and now featured on "The Sopranos."
When fall rolls around, the song "Autumn in New York" gets stuck in my head like a movie soundtrack. Sentimental, yes, but it perfectly evokes the reason we love our city, with its mixture of joy and pain, hope and despair, beauty and ugliness.... More »
It’s been here for three generations – over 100 years. It’s in a neighborhood. It’s outstanding. The owner, Anthony Bamonte, is as nice as you can meet anybody when you go to a restaurant. I start out with tomato and cheese. Then it’s on to a nice bowl of Pasta Fagioli - that’s a little pasta and "fagioli," which is beans in Italian. It’s great if it’s made right, and Bamonte makes it just like my mother did. Then we get the peppers – they’re outstanding. Finally, I go for my pasta with maybe a little piece of chicken. When you walk out of here, you’ve had plenty to eat.
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