Best Italian Restaurant NYC Style – Dine At Mandolino! (George Wayne Eats Here)By Delaina Dixon | February 22, 2018 | Travel
New Yorkers are always seeking the “real” thing – a truly authentic experience. And that makes Mandolino Ristorante & Pizzeria, located in the heart of New York City’s East Village, one of the best Italian restaurants NYC style!
The geniuses behind Mandolino’s doors is charming Columbian real estate broker Cesar Guevara, who founded the space for owner and chef Agostino Cangiano, who hails from Naples, Italy.
Together, they’ve masterminded a delicious menu of Italian favorites that draw in the crowds (with the input of their power duo wives, respectively!).
That includes the likes of actress Cate Blanchett, writer George Wayne and DJ heiress Paris Hilton, who have all been spotted inside Mandolino’s walls. For this DivaGal’s trip to Mandolino, it was about tasting some of the restaurant’s top dishes with a gal pal – after all, a great dinner should be shared with good friends!
The team started us off with its mouthwatering Bruschetta Classica with fresh tomatoes, oregano and extra virgin olive oil…
…And tasty mozzarella with tomatoes.
For the entree course – it was all about risotto, and whether its seafood or mushroom, Mandolino nails it. The dish is perfectly seasoned – and we warn you – hard to save any to take home for later (it’s just that good!). Ceaser, who joined us, told us Mandolino’s other passion is to serve delicious and affordable vino! My Pinot Noir from Veneto, Italy, was juicy and full-flavored but didn’t overpower the meal.
Can we talk desserts? Mandolino got us covered. Of course, they serve Tiramisu, the famous Italian treat of mascarpone cheese, ladyfingers and coffee. But the restaurant also serves vegan cheesecake – proving that when it comes to Mandolino – expect the unexpected.
Oh yeah – there’s pizza too. The best in the biz (and they deliver!).
So next time you’re in New York City, head downtown to Mandolino. Your experience will be Così Buono – Remember to mention “DivaGalsDaily” to get TWO FREE drinks with your meal!