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Grotta Azzurra Restaurant
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Ranked #1,611 of 13,823 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $15 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Little Italy
Cross street: Broome Street
Transit: 6 train to Spring Street, N train to Prince Street, D & B trains to Grand Street, Q, N, R, W, 6 & J trains to Canal Street, F, D, B, N, R & 6 trains to B'way Lafayette.
Description: Founded in 1908 by the Davino family Grotta Azzurra was named for the blue grotto on the isle of Capri and designed to evoke the beauty of one of the worlds most famous caves in the world, intensified. Enrico Caruso feasted here after performances, and Sinatra called it his one and only favorite Italian restaurant, making it the site of many a “Rat Pack” evening. Shuttered for six years, Grotta Azzurra has now been stunningly renovated and rebirthed by a descendant renaissance for dining in Little Italy, with multi-talented chef Frank Castellana recreating the finest in Italian Cuisine.
Lewisville, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“All of my friends like there”
Reviewed October 19, 2013

I had their pasta cooked with vodka and I got adicted !!It's only $10 for two course lunch !! I fly into LGA just to go there and have a massage in chinatown.I took many Japanese coleagues thare and they all like the pasta cooked with vodka.Also beef brazilian and their octopus were really great.Over all they are my favorite in little italy.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Jimmy S
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Rijswijk, The Netherlands
Level 6 Contributor
206 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere and good food in middle of Little Italy”
Reviewed October 18, 2013

With family and friends we choose to have dinner here in the heart of Little Italy during the San Gennaro Festival. It was very busy, but the personnel managed to immediately get a table for 6. We had excellent pasta's and good wine (although little pricey). And personnel was great.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Josbob
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Aiea, Hawaii
Level 6 Contributor
685 reviews
323 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 313 helpful votes
“Good desserts, but pricey, with an automatic surcharge.”
Reviewed October 18, 2013

We stopped here for dessert in the evening and grabbed a table on the sidewalk. We each ordered either a dessert or an Irish coffee-type drink. My chocolate gelato was good. My friend's cheesecake was good. The bill for the four of us was a killer, close to $60 including an automatic 20% surcharge. Service was OK, but not 20 percent worth. These Italian restaurants on Mulberry Street are going to be expensive, I know. But, it wasn't that special of an experience for the cost. I'd shop around, check TripAdvisor and select a restaurant in Little Italy that will be a memorable, if expensive, experience. It's not likely to be this one.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Shaka_Frank
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San Juan
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Nice food”
Reviewed October 17, 2013

Nice food but bit pricey (hey... you are in New York). Friendly staff, Nice way to experience Little Italy!

Visited January 2013
Thank Angelica_0982
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed October 14, 2013

Waiting staff here were not very attentive as we took lunch in little Italy, to make things a whole lot worse they added a 20% service charge to the total automatically, and then asked for a tip on top! Food quality was fine but the constant stream of staff leaving the place for cigarette breaks put us off.

  • Visited October 2013
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1 Thank homesicklessness
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