PASSION FOR OUR CULTURE...
My grandparents came to New York City from Sicily at a time when Fiorello La Guardia held mayoral office, Lucky Luciano was beginning a prison term, and the world was just starting to hear the music of Frank Sinatra.
While many Italians were reaching great heights, the average Southern Italian immigrants lived modestly, kept to their own neighborhoods, and raised families built upon whichever traditions from the old country could be maintained in the US.
Most family settings revolved around food...and while not all of the same ingredients were available to them, my family and so many others proudly built a new culture:
The Italian-American culture.
Somewhere in-between European and American personalities, we found this new definition of who we are...a charm that erupts in every Dean Martin song and on every makeshift bocce ball court on the East Coast; our identity is one that is at times as quaint as sharing a pizza around a vinyl kitchen table and, other times, as grandiose as "Connie's Wedding." But now, almost three generations later, we still cling to what makes us Italian-American.
My hope is that I’ve created a menu, a setting, and a mood that allows you to experience this culture, even if just for one night. If you want to savor a plate of freshly-made pasta, a glass of fine wine, and a few moments of “The Sweet Life,” then we have a place at the table for you.
PASSION FOR GREAT FOOD...
First dates, Sunday dinners, holiday parties...our best memories seem to be surrounded by food. At Michael's LIttle Italy, our menu is the foundation for your experience. We specialize in rustic, yet elegant, cuisine. That means handmade pasta, traditional comfort dishes, and a meal you will remember for a long time.
"The Sweet Life" is about taking your time and savoring each moment. We believe in taking that extra sip, then having one for the road. We have a variety of Italian wine selections that span all regions and expert levels. Our traditional cocktails, like our famous Negroni, take you to another place and time and encourage you to sit and sip just a little longer. After all, what's the rush?
Our casual pizzeria space is the perfect spot for a quick lunch, a family gathering after the kids' soccer game, or to grab a pie for a night on the couch. Pastas, parm subs, and wine to go all make for a one-stop shop.
FROM JAZZ TO OPERA...A TIME MACHINE OF SOUND.
We believe the sound of our restaurant is just as valuable as the smell and the taste. That is why we place such an importance on creating the perfect soundtrack for your experience here. Our weekends feature a variety of live music, from swing to soul to Sinatra...and of course, our legendary monthly opera nights. Hear for yourself what makes this experience different.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 5pm to 9pm
Friday 5pm to 9:30pm (bar open to 11pm)
Saturday 4pm to 9:30pm (bar open to 11pm)
Sunday 4pm to 9pm
Reservations strongly recommended
Bar & Pizzeria - Casual
Upstairs Piano Room - Casual Elegance