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Patsy's Italian Restaurant: An Off-Broadway Hit in NYC Since 1944 Follow @nyccitiview
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The restaurant is a fourth-generation Scognamillo family-owned restaurant! Sal, his wife Lisa and son, Joseph work together and enjoy serving and treating each of their customers like family every day. In fact, Patsy's has had only three chefs: the late Pasquale “Patsy” Scognamillo himself, his son Joe, who has been at the establishment since the tender age of 10, and Joe’s son Sal, who has now been manning the kitchen for more than 34 years.
“I think a big part of our success is not trying to be someone we’re not. We are a Southern Italian red sauce restaurant and always will be,” explains chef and Owner Sal Scognamillo. “We have a wonderful history and that’s why a lot of people come here. Even though customers come back for generations, we make sure they’re happy on every visit. We never take it for granted!”
A visit to New York City isn’t complete without a meal at Patsy's Italian Restaurant! For lunch or dinner, business or pleasure, Patsy’s is one of the best Italian restaurants in NYC, serving authentic Neapolitan cuisine to a varied clientele that includes an extremely loyal following of regular patrons, Italian food aficionados, tourists and celebrities who have been coming back for that unique combination of straightforward cooking, family hospitality, and a touch of celebrity that makes Patsy’s Italian Restaurant a true New York City landmark.
Patsy's Italian Restaurant Recipes:
At Patsy’s Italian Restaurant, the recipes of another time and another country have been passed on from generation to generation. Patsy’s Italian Restaurant is well known for their focus on red sauces. Here, you’ll find a vast array of mouth-watering pasta dishes including Linguine Puttanesca, Bucatini all’Amatriciana, Penne alla Vodka, Tortellini Bolognese, Cannelloni with Meat Sauce, the Neapolitan Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs. And the remarkable ‘Signature Dishes’ that include succulent Veal Chops Siciliano, spicy Lobster Fra Diavolo, savory Chicken Contadina, and tender Calamari stuffed with seafood. Spectacular seafood such as Striped Bass Marechiare, Lobster Oreganata, and Shrimp Scampi are always requested, as are meat favorites Sirloin Steak Pizzaiola with Peppers and Mushrooms, Veal Rollatini, and Chicken Livers Cacciatore.
Patsy's Frank Sinatra:
Patsy’s Italian Restaurant has been known for years as the restaurant made famous by Frank Sinatra, and his family still enjoys dining here whenever they are in town. George Clooney’s aunt, cabaret singer and actress Rosemary Clooney, was once quoted, “Patsy’s is still the best Italian restaurant in town. I make a pasta pilgrimage there every time I return.” Other long-time high profile patrons who consider Patsy’s Italian Restaurant their Manhattan dining room include, Tony Bennett, Michael Bublé, George Clooney, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, Tony Danza, Jennifer Lopez, Liza Minnelli, Al Pacino, Rihanna, Martha Stewart, Ben Stiller, Oprah Winfrey, and many others.
In addition to a full menu, there is a prix-fixe luncheon menu (available from noon until 3:00pm) and a pre-theatre dinner menu (available from 3:00pm until 7:00pm). Great food, generous portions, and professional service have helped to make Patsy’s Italian Restaurant not only the restaurant you go to, but the restaurant you go back to. Come see why this family-owned restaurant has been giving encore after encore for over three quarters of a century and four generations!
After dining at Patsy’s Italian Restaurant, take home some of Sal’s famous and delicious red sauces and pasta.
They are available on your way out and also on the restaurant's website.
For a trip inside Sal’s kitchen take home a copy of Chef Sal’s latest cookbook, released in 2015 with a forward by Ben Stiller. The cookbook includes many of Sal’s favorite recipes, as well as his new twists on your favorite classic Italian dishes. You’ll feel as if you’ve spent the afternoon with Sal in his famous kitchen! His original cookbook, with a forward by Nancy Sinatra, is also available. And, Sal is usually on hand and will gladly sign your personal copy.