I've heard it's difficult and much pricier to go to Torrisi for dinner, but it was completely painless making a reservation for Sunday lunch, and I thought that for $65/person for quite a few courses it was very reasonable for the quality of the ingredients, attention to detail, and great flavors.
The menu is seasonal, and when I went with my husband we had antipasti: mozzarella (wonderful), grilled arancino (heavenly), tuna carpaccio (ok), rabbit terrine (delicious). We had both pastas, and the gnocchi was a bit too heavy but tasted great and the calamari pasta was perfection. The veal entree was the best veal I've ever had, and so were the Italian flag cookies, which I wanted to buy and take home with me. We had a lovely sauvignon blanc with the meal which ratcheted up our bill to about $300, and I thought it was worth every penny.
I know some people have been grumbling that the food isn't authentically Italian, but they use great local ingredients and prepare them with love, creativity, and talent, and if that isn't the Italian way, then I don't know what is. New York has many great "authentic" Italian restaurants, but most of them have a set of dishes that they excel at, and not much more. I haven't seen any of them bring out dish after dish of vastly different styles and flavors with this level of consistency.
The restaurant is very small, and accomodates just a few couples and small groups at a time. The decoration is rustic and cozy, and the service very attentive.
I loved having lunch there and hope to return soon for another special occasion.
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