This is one of our favorite Italian restaurants in NY. We like to sit there and chat with its owners (from Southern Italy), though the place can’t boast with a central location. We like it because it has a feel of a real Italian restaurant and love its simple but authentic Italian cuisine. There’re at least two things to test if the restaurant is a real Italian eatery or not – artichokes (carciofi) and focaccia – and both are fantastic in Rafele. Plus fantastic caponata, one of the best grilled octopus (polpo), and of course, fantastic pasta and a very good selection of wines. Besides it has a very cozy and spacy interior of some rustic Mediterranean villa with plenty of flowers and jars with pickles, olives etc. And what’s even more important for chaotic NY – this is the restaurant with personal attitude which is the rarest thing in NY!
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