For some 65 years the Scognamillo family has been providing an outstanding dining experience in traditional Italian food dishes, and they are not slowing down. Our family was visiting NYC recently and we enjoyed our third trip to Patsy's every bit as much as our first almost 10 years ago.
Aside from the Frank Sinatra statue prominently displayed on the bar (Blue Eyes having been a regular at this, his favorite restaurant), Patsy's walls are filled with 8x10 pictures of a who's who of stage, screen and sports. The current chef, Sal, is the grandson of founder, Patsy, and just the third chef in the restaurant's history. Sal's dad, Joe, who now works the front of the house, was the second chef in between Patsy and Sal.
Old school Italian is done at it's finest at Patsy's. A professional male wait staff provides outstanding service. The menu is huge and provides way too many mouth-watering choices. From their appetizers to freshly prepared vegetables, pastas to seafood and meats on to their house specialties, Patsy's has you mulling over each choice because they all sound so delicious. They'll adjust an order or dish to your liking to accommodate special tastes. That's only possible when you have a kitchen that aims to please and is preparing everything from scratch.
One thing by which most old school Italian restaurants are judged is the marinara sauce--basic, simple red sauce. On this note alone Patsy's passes with flying colors. If you grew up dunking a piece of crusty Italian bread in the simmering pot of Mom's or Grandma's sauce, you know what I mean.
Chef Sal will often get out of the kitchen and mingle amongst those dining and we were able to get a photo with our fan-friendly chef at our most recent visit.
Patsy's is a 5 out of 5 and a must if you appreciate traditional Italian dishes. ***Plan ahead--to assure yourself of a table, place a reservation.
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