FAVE FIVE | ITALIAN / by Brackett Bilodeau

Di che pasta sei fatto? Our 2015 lineup brings out the Italophile in all of us.

1. Maialino
2 Lexington Avenue at 21st Street (inside Gramercy Park Hotel)

This Meyer/Anderer venture holds down our number one spot with its reinvented Roman cuisine and warmly convivial ethos. Embodying the traditional trattoria style of central Italy, Maialino adds a soulfully casual element to the bohemian opulence of the Gramercy Park Hotel, sealing the deal with a killer view of the park. Go for the malfatti al Maialino, Chef Anderer's signature and a crowd-pleasing house staple.

2. Carbone
181 Thompson Street between West Houston and Bleecker Streets

The brainchild of Queens native Mario Carbone and his Major Food cohorts is the ultimate reincarnation of old-world fine dining, brought to life in a modern city setting. With a no-frills pasta roster, unmistakable Godfather-inspired flooring, and a wine program second to none, Carbone is the total package. Head next door for an after-dinner cocktail at sister spot ZZ's (if the doorman's feeling generous, that is).

3. Locanda Verde
377 Greenwich Street between Moore and Franklin Streets

Since its 2009 opening, Andrew Carmellini's luxe Italian spot has welcomed New Yorkers morning, afternoon, and night with an urban Italian menu featuring antipasti, house-made pastas, and the works. A perennial Luxury Attaché favorite.

4. Santina
820 Washington Street at Gansevoort Street

Coastal Italian meets coastal Manhattan in Major Food Group’s latest project, Santina. Rich Torrisi, Mario Carbone, and Jeff Zalaznick along with renowned architect Renzo Piano bring this glass-ensconced beauty to the High Line, drawing inspiration from the neighborhood’s rich history and featuring signature dishes Italian in spirit and modern in execution. Sipping meloncello beneath Murano chandeliers never sounded so good.

5. Marea
240 Central Park South at Columbus Circle

Housed in one of the city's most storied addresses, Michael White's Marea is renowned for its award-winning cuisine and devotion to Italy's coastal traditions. Beverage Director Francesco Grosso offers over 750 wine selections (plus year-round rosé) for endless pairing possibilities - the ultimate complement to Chef's standout seafood.