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Like Mama Used To Make

May 19, 2014
As if in tribute to a childhood memory or a room in a Wes Anderson film, Lower East Side Italian restaurant Antonioni’s has been saturated with vibrant colours: papered walls of unabashed burnt orange printed with circus animals, mid-century polished furniture, deep burgundy leather booths, wood-decked ceilings and an array of photographic prints. From the team behind Cafe Gitane, this rather more upscale iteration of the same quirky sass delivers a spot-on menu of hearty Italian-American crowd-pleasers.

The kitchen, too, notches up the nostalgia stakes with the kind of classic cuisine mama would have plated up: a solid selection of pastas (pappardelle with sausage, fennel, and chili flakes, and ricotta-rich spinach ravioli), simple thin-crust pizzas (with artichokes, tomatoes and taleggio cheese), old-school puds such as ricotta cheesecake and tiramisu, and entrées including Sicilian baccalà, braised Milanese beef cheeks, garlic shrimp and pan-seared cuttlefish topped with gremolata. The 17-foot-long bar, meanwhile, offers up an extensive range of digestifs, and feisty cocktails like the Grand Duel mixed with cognac, bourbon, lemon juice, amaretto, crumbled Lazzaroni biscuits, blood orange marmalade, and angostura bitters, or Italian brews such as Birra Normale and Baladin Nora. And if you prefer your meatballs in the comfort of your own hotel room, Antonioni’s also delivers – pronto!

177 Chrystie St / +1 646 998 3407 / 11am-midnight daily / delivery available /