I started going to Ballato's in the mid-eighties when I was in my early twenties! (yes, I'm that old!) I remember when John Ballato was there. The neighborhood is completely different now. It was then and still is one of the finest Italian restaurants in the city. Every now and then the waiters will give you an attitude- but that's part of the NY experience! The calamari is sensational and the pastas are yummy. Some places hold wonderful memories and are worth going back to again and again. Ballatos is like that. You get an old world experience that should not be missed. Mangia!