Ryan Lee

Torrisi Italian Specialties

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Canned tomatoes line the shelves, and a beatific portrait of the young Billy Joel gazes down on the room. But Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone’s small storefront restaurant is not the hipster grocery it seems. The menu (two of them actually, in seven or 20 courses, $65 and $150 respectively) offers a paean to the flavors and spirit of the neighborhood—Italian, Chinese, with hints of the Jewish shops of the Lower East Side—remixed and reimagined by guys with serious chops. For the expertly concocted deli sandwiches they used to serve here at lunch, head next door to Parm, their open-all-day extension.

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Torrisi Italian Specialties

Canned tomatoes line the shelves, and a beatific portrait of the young Billy Joel gazes down on the room. But Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone’s small storefront restaurant is not the hipster grocery it seems. The menu (two of them actually, in seven or 20 courses, $65 and $150 respectively) offers a paean to the flavors and spirit of the neighborhood—Italian, Chinese, with hints of the Jewish shops of the Lower East Side—remixed and reimagined by guys with serious chops. For the expertly concocted deli sandwiches they used to serve here at lunch, head next door to Parm, their open-all-day extension.

See the Globetrotter’s Guide to World Hot Spots.

Ryan Lee

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