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Buon Appetito: 14 of NYC's Most Romantic Italian Restaurants

by Julie Besonen, 02/06/2013

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  • Angelo's of Mulberry Street 
    146 Mulberry St., 212-966-1277, Little Italy, Manhattan
    Who says Little Italy isn't what it used to be? The timeworn area has shrunk, to be sure, and tourists flock here more than locals, but Angelo's remains faithfully unchanged. In business since 1902, this heartwarming, old-school trattoria is always the busiest on Mulberry Street. Hold hands across the table and steal a kiss while white-jacketed, career waiters hurry by, ferrying platters of fried calamari and chicken parmigiana. "Prego," they'll say as they deposit your cannelloni stuffed with meat, spinach and cheese and deftly refill your glass of sublime Capezzana red. A bottle of olive oil is left on the table, and it's tempting to mop up a pool of it with a basket of bread, but beware: portions are shareable, bordering on ridiculous, posing a challenge for clean-plate clubbers.

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