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My Recent Lunch at Torrisi Italian Specialites in NYC

This place has gotten a ton of hype. I happened to be at an event a few doors away on Saturday, so ventured down to see what it was all about.

I had to wait in line for a few minutes, then wait for it to be made for a few minutes, then try to snag a table in the very small dining room (which has maybe 30 covers at most)…luckily an elderly lady grabbed one and asked me if I wanted to join her…how sweet :)

Anyway, here’s what I had:


Eggplant Parmesan Hero. They use their on mozzerella (which is very nice), and the sandwich was satisfying but not amazing.

Cauliflower side dish. Very tasty, nice breading, loved the kick of the red onions.

Broccoli rabe side dish. Better than the cauliflower, it had a lovely and not so timid hit of spicy red pepper.

A kind of Italian-American coffee cake. Much lighter than it appeared it would be, not too sweet & went went with my pretty decent macchiato.

The aforementioned espresso macchiato was pretty good, not overly bitter, not overly sweet. The right dollop of (what I assumed to be full) milk too.


It was a nice lunch, but didn’t blow me away. Especially considering that pre-coffee & dessert it was pushing $20.

I returned for dinner a few days later…but more on that later.

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