||My Favorite Place in Little Italy !!!
Love Love Love Florio's of Little Italy. The food is amazingly cheap and good, best NY pizza.
The staff alway make you feel welcome, and the manager, Tony, makes you feel like you are at his house and he is your big uncle.
I go to Florio's every time I visit NYC, which is approx 2 -3 times a month.
Date of review: Apr 28, 2011
Bellisimo Florio's ...
We dined at Florio's on Tuesday for Lunch. It was way too hot to eat outside so we ate at a table near the bar. It was a real treat to listen in to the manager Tony talk about how he cans his own tomatoes and the differnt methods and seasonings he uses. And to keep in the flavor of "Little Italy" to hear a couple "fugget about its" thrown in for good measure. For Lunch, we shared the calamari and mozzerella and tomatoes. The fried calamarie was good with a spectacular red sauce. The fresh mozzeralla was a bit dissappointing however as it was not buffalo but bland and flavorless. Our main courses consisted of Rigatoni ala vodka and Chicken Parmagana. Both were excellent and we finished every bit. The bread was also fantastic in the family of Arthur Avenue type. yum-yum
PS Try the red wine made in honor of the US Marines. I believe its called Marine Red @ $29 a bottle. With all the choices available in Little Italy, I definetly will return to Florios on our next visit. A+ PPS $ Prices are extremley resonable...esp for NYC!
Date of review: Aug 18, 2010
Florios better than average just off Mulberry
Lunch for 5 - took my friends from mid-west. It has the old Italian set up with back room and that is where we enjoyed the food and air-conditioning! Not much to look at on the outside but worth the trip inside. Food was better than I have experienced around the corner on Mulberry, the local gentleman had their table set up and it just completed the entire atmosphere. Pizza, salads, prosuitto e melon and spaghetti were all good. Rave reviews for the meatballs from the spaghetti eater. Pizza were able to shared even though the server said they were smaller, we did share.
Date of review: Jul 21, 2010
We walked in with 15 people and they accomidated us right away. the food was great. I have not had such good italian food in a long time. They were wonderful. I recomend this place to everyone
August 20, 2009
"I really love this place!"
This is one of those places that the locals know and keep a secret. This place is like a "Cheers" where everybody knows your name and you will keep coming back.
Date of review: August 12, 2009
Real Italian food, not chain slop
It saddened me to see how much of Little Italy was taken over by the ever-encroaching Chinatown. What once was a thriving community has been reduced to a size of about four square blocks. Places like Florio's, however, are why it will never be completely obliterated.
This is a gem of a restaurant. Giovanni, our waiter, is one of those characters that you'll never forget. He is from Southern Italy, and very proud that his food is not "smothered in cream like the Italians in the north." I would have loved to buy him dinner and listen to his fascinating stories. Another time, maybe.
Pictures of celebrities and "made men" adorn the walls. Okay, I'm only kidding about the last part, but it does have that old Italian feel to it. Gioncarlo, a frequent patron, is a neighborhood legend whose presence at the outdoor tables (with a beautiful Italian woman on his arm) adds to the atmosphere. Everyone greets Giovanni and Gioncarlo as they walk by. There is SUCH a great "feel" to this restaurant that it would be worth visiting. The lasagna is delicate, yet with a full flavor. It's the best I've ever eaten. Serving portions are ample.
Come to Florio's and enjoy authenticity. There's nothing like it.
Date of review: June 5, 2009
My favorite Italian Restaurant outside of Italy
I've eaten at a few restaurants in Little Italy, NY, but the one I found most authentic and delicious is Florio's Ristorante on 192 Grand St.
I was there for lunch with friends and joined by the restaurant owner, Ralph. Not able to make up my mind what to order because everything on the menu looked delicious, I asked Ralph to recommend some of the restaurant specialty. We started off with a platter with the most delicious appetizers. I was most impressed with the calamari because unlike most I've eaten that are heavily coated in batter, greasy and overly chewy, these were light and soft and absolutely divine! Other great appetizers we had were artichokes, stuffed mushrooms, mozzarella in carozza and mozzarella sticks . Soup was a hearty pasta e fagioli. By the time the pasta arrived, I was already full!! But the Rigatone alla Vodka was superb: a little spicy, but not too much, just the right amount of herbs and spices, and the pasta cooked to perfection.
My biggest regret was being too full for desert!! I guess that's what an Italian meal is all about...eat well, and eat plenty!
The menu prices were also very reasonable when you consider the quantity of quality food they serve. Next time I go to Little Italy, guess where I'm going for lunch??? :)
Date of review: February 28, 2009
A wonderful place to talk to locals in Little Italy
My wife and I always make Florio's a mandatory stop when we visit NYC. The atmosphere is awesome and the folks who work here are wonderful. Little Italy is slowly being absorbed by Chinatown so Florio's is a great place to go to and experience what Little Italy use to be like. We encourage you to sit at the bar and chat with the locals and wonderful bartender, you won't be sorry.
The food is also great specially the mussels. For us, Florio's is a must stop while in New York.
Date of review: November 8, 2008