Torrisi Italian Specialties

Torrisi Italian Specialties

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Italian Restaurant$$$$
NoLita, New York
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  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 25, 2011
    By day, great sandwiches like chicken parm and the best turkey sandwich in town, by night a $50 four-course menu that changes every night, and will bowl you over by the chefs' skill and creativity Read more
  • Varun S.
    Varun ShettyApril 30, 2014
    Fun fact: Pay attention to the music they play because every song in the rotation has been sampled by a popular hip hop song. Great theme.
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureJuly 30, 2012
    At this storefront restaurant, the menu (in seven or 20 courses) offers a paean to the flavors and spirit of the neighborhood—Italian, Chinese, and hints of the Jewish shops of the LES.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 28, 2011
    Torrisi Lunch is a Hobson's choice between chicken parm and turkey; we say, go turkey. For dinner, arrive around 6pm, they'll give you a time to return to dine later that evening. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Boon Y.
    Boon YapJuly 7, 2013
    The fresh mozzarella is to die for. Chef's tasting menu is the best dining option here ($80), but worth every flavourful morsel! Enjoy!
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyOctober 7, 2013
    We instantly fell in love when we started with the freshest homemade mozzarella cheese served warm and gooey. Adding it to the buttery garlic bread made for a true mouthwatering combination.
  • Varun S.
    Varun ShettyApril 30, 2014
    My tasting menu will inevitably be different from what you get. But, let me tell you something - every dish I ate had one bite I want to remember for a long long time.
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RogersAugust 5, 2012
    The tasting menu was featured in NY Mag's 2012 "Best Of" issue; the chicen parm is supposed to be amazing, and the turkey sandwhich featured on Grub Street looks amazing as well.
  • Bauzen
    BauzenSeptember 13, 2011
    Dinner at Torrisi requires waiting to put your name on a list at 5:30 for one of 3 seatings. If you get a table, you're in for a treat. Menu changes nightly, but anything they serve is outstanding...
  • Erika L.
    Erika LimJuly 20, 2011
    Do give into peer pressure on this place. Turkey sandwich on a roll and make sure to go to dinner. Mozzarella, crispy duck with lentils, and gemelli with duck ragu will be on the menu if you're lucky
  • nymag
    nymagDecember 26, 2010
    We know you know, but just a reminder: The sandwiches are unparalleled, and the $50 prix-fixe dinner is one of the best gourmet deals in town. A best restaurant of the year pick from Where to Eat 2011 Read more
  • NYC: The Official Guide
    NYC: The Official GuideDecember 16, 2011
    Chicken Parm sandwich: a thick slab of top-quality chicken rolled in breadcrumbs, pan-fried in butter, draped with handmade mozzarella and fresh basil leaves and ladled with lively tomato sauce. Read more
  • Geoff K.
    Geoff KimJanuary 14, 2012
    Mid 2.6: This is a pretty good Italian place in SOHO. Each night, there is a 5 course prix fixe menu for $50 which is very good value and the quality is solid as well. Read more
  • Elyse E.
    Elyse EstradaJanuary 13, 2012
    Everything about the tasting menu is delish. Especially the goat ricotta gnocchi. Who knew? And def save room for the little dark chocolate mint pastry ball. Junior mint on steroids.
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 5, 2012
    Their backgrounds are Italian, but chefs Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone insist on using domestic ingredients. The must-try dish here, per availability, is the island duck with mulberry mustard. Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 24, 2011
    House Roasted Turkey: The turkey is marinated in honey, garlic, and herbs, and slow roasted until the turkey is tender and succulent with more than a little garlic kick. Read more
  • Real Cheap Eats
    Real Cheap EatsNovember 30, 2011
    Try the roasted turkey sandwich ($9), which features "thick cut slabs of turkey breast, juicy and flavorful from a long marinade in garlic, honey and other herbs and spices." Read more
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingDecember 11, 2010
    The tricolored cookies here are the best I've had. Even better than the ones from my favorite Italian bakery near where I grew up in Brooklyn. - Amy, head of social media at Foodspotting
  • In NYC
    In NYCJanuary 5, 2013
    Torrisi is amazing! Make a reservation, you won't regret it! Below is the Swordfish with Charred Eggplant.
  • David K.
    David KaplanJune 27, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Everyone raves about the chicken parm, but what they've been able to do with turkey is otherworldly great. (I order turk, tomato, mozz w/olive oil). If you want to have dinner here, line up @ 5pm.
  • Haley H.
    Haley Hughes BryanOctober 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Come at 4:30pm to grab a spot for dinner. $50pp and it's INCREDIBLE. Romantic and you won't leave hungry. Try the short ribs if they have them.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 13, 2010
    Try the potato, egg, & provolone on a roll-delicately scrambled eggs, provolone, chunks of roasted red potatoes, & roasted red peppers squish together deliciously, seasoned with salt and black pepper.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Your menu may be pork terrine, bowtie squid ink pasta, duck breast, then lemon cake layered with buttercream. – Green Guide Editor
  • Matt R.
    Matt ResnickJune 7, 2013
    Two for dinner? Grab the counter by the window and have your own area instead of sitting at a table and getting too cozy with your neighbors.
  • Jordan K.
    Jordan KongFebruary 19, 2013
    For the dinner prix fixed, go with the seashells di mare, halibut, and chocolate rainbow cake.
  • efoticulture
    efoticultureOctober 12, 2012
    "I could not be more impressed with their vision of food Americana prepared in Italian fashion." http://www.efoti.com/torrisi-italian-specialties-efoti-inspiration/
  • Grace G.
    Grace GeOctober 3, 2010
    Great rustic food, must have the wine pairing! The pasta course is superb ! Main course r more French inspired ! Over all impressive considering only 2 ppl cooking in the small place.
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveDecember 22, 2010
    Although the menu changes nightly, meals are Italian in pacing, but American in character. You're as likely to see Vietnamese sweetbreads as sweetbreads Milanese, a shrimp po' boy as tripe cacciatore.
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealNovember 1, 2011
    Don't be afraid of the Lamb Tongue Gyro. April Bloomfield and Mario Batali started this trend, taking pieces of meat that are generally not used and creating delicious dishes. Read more
  • Joe K.
    Joe KanakarajDecember 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    What is not to love about this place? Everything is amazing - but make sure you get the fresh mozzarella and whipped ricotta for sure.
  • The New York Times
    The New York TimesOctober 11, 2010
    Torrisi Italian Specialties is one of the NYT restaurant critic Sam Sifton’s 50 favorite NYC restaurants. To see the full list, get The Scoop iPhone app, an inside guide to New York: NYTimes.com/thesc
  • Compass
    CompassMay 20, 2014
    Italian delicacies are served in the prix fixe dinner menu, where the red-sauce cooking has earned multiple stars everywhere.
  • Eatocracy
    EatocracyJune 10, 2010
    Italian-American classics to take-out or eat-in by two accomplished, contemporary chefs. Word has quickly spread about this 18 seat restaurant's chicken parm hero and turkey sandwich.
  • Bri U.
    Bri USeptember 8, 2012
    Only about 20 seats in the whole restaurant and the food is amazing! It's a tasting menu so ya get what ya get, but we loved it all!
  • Dave S.
    Dave SkaffSeptember 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken Parm hero? Perfect. Roast Turkey hero? A sleeper but equally awesome. Plus the dudes behind the counter will give you an approving nod when you order. Uh-huh. Oh yeah. Niiiice.
  • meredith k.
    meredith kerekesSeptember 19, 2010
    Get there at 5.30, wait on line outside for the hostess to take your name. They seat at 6, 7.45, 9.30 or 11. Pick a time, come back and have the most amazing 8 course Italian-American meal for $50.
  • Howcast
    HowcastOctober 26, 2011
    Can't get enough of that chicken parm?! Neither can we! Check out our video on how to make it right at home! http://ow.ly/7a08Q
  • Jimmy Z.
    Jimmy ZhuApril 16, 2012
    for dinner, you need to line up well before 6pm the day-of to make reservations - it's worth it though
  • Matthew P.
    Matthew PantojaApril 16, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're closeby, it worth trying. Have only tried the House Turkey and Chicken Parm so far, but they were both stellar. The fresh basil on chicken parm was a nice touch.
  • Shindy C.
    Shindy COctober 22, 2014
    Servers are top notch and super friendly (the latter of which is hard-to-find in NYC), yet tasting menu fell flat, left much to be desired. No remarkable flavors, nothing new here...
  • Patricia A.
    The set menu was amazing mussels salad, gnocchi, fried onions, brushetta, mozzarella, trout and a pastry plate. Sublime!
  • Frani L.
    Frani LiebermanJuly 25, 2013
    A no brainier because the menu is fixed, so you don't think at all. Rather, you taste and eat and let your dinner dance to you. Dishes artfully prepared, checked and finished by mr. torrisi himself.
  • nymag
    nymagJuly 23, 2010
    Frank Bruni raved about the Pork Fried Rice - "but instead of pork it was prosciutto on top — beautiful, thin, fantastic" - in his New York Diet. Read more
  • FRANK151
    FRANK151March 19, 2011
    Torrisi Italian Specialties was rated 5 stars by New York Magazine and is well known in NYC for their tasty italian selections. Read more
  • The Wall Street Journal
    The menu of antipasti here includes roasted cauliflower and spicy broccoli rabe ($3). Or try the chicken parm and roast turkey sandwiches on a roll ($7) or hero ($9). Read more
  • Michael M.
    Michael MuseAugust 16, 2014
    I know the Turkey sandwich sounds plain - it is NOT. May be the best sandwich in the city.
  • Varun S.
    Varun ShettyAugust 30, 2014
    My other tips here don't really get the point across: this is the best restaurant in New York.
  • NYC K.
    NYC KennedyJanuary 21, 2013
    Make a reservation to have the tasting menu. And get the wine pairing. Delicious.
  • Helmut Lang
    Helmut LangJuly 1, 2010
    NY. The reasonable prix-fixe dinner is out of this world. The just-made mozzarella to start melts in your mouth. See what NY Times has to say. Read more
  • Brian J.
    Brian JanoschJune 7, 2011
    Chicken parm is their well known sandwich (and rightfully so, but I'd argue the turkey is the real prized jewel.
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