Torrisi Italian Specialties
Dinner at Torrisi Italian Specialties represents some of the best Italian dining in the Nolita neighborhood, and for those who know Mulberry Street, that's saying quite a lot. Less upscale and stuffy, Torrisi serves a meal more akin to a family Sunday supper replete with six courses. One wouldn't be surprised to see a Sicilian matriarch brandishing a wooden spoon over the gargantuan portions. As an eighteen-seat venue, it can range from intimate to bursting at the seams, and as an almost conscious invective against Americanized Italian fine dining, the decor is deliberately dingy (think cans of Progresso bread crumbs and hanging salami in the window.) The no-frills atmosphere belies—to say the least—the high quality of the cuisine.