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6 Must-Order Dishes at Don Angie

Looking for a new red-sauce Italian spot in New York City? Look no further than our 2019 Outstanding Alumni Award winner for Excellence in Culinary Art’s restaurant—Don Angie. Scott Tacinelli, along with co-owner/chef and wife Angie Rito, are leading Italian-American cuisine into the future with rave reviews from The New York Times, Eater, TimeOut NY, and Esquire (named Best New Restaurant in America 2018), as well as a nomination for James Beard Awards’ Best Chef: New York City.

Their West Village spot is frequented by celebrities like Bon Jovi, Forrest Whitaker, Sarah Jessica Parker, Brook Shields and even chef-superstar Jean-Georges Vongerichten. While everything is delicious and far from the ordinary on Don Angie’s menu, we’ve gathered a list of dishes that critics and foodies alike can’t get enough of. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll snag a reservation and check them out for yourself—they typically have thousands of reservation requests a night!

For the Table

Stuffed Garlic Flatbread
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Bread. Stuffed with garlic. Modeled after the traditional Ligurian focaccia di recco, its salty and gooey cheese melts in your mouth from the edges of the thin flatbread.


Pink Snapper Crudo

Plated with Burnt Porcini Dashi, Black Trumpets and Marsala, the Pink Snapper Crudo is as beautiful as it is fresh.

Chrysanthemum Salad
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The Chrysanthemum Salad, much like everything else on the menu, is completely unexpected. Don Angie’s take on the classic Caesar Salad showcases the global influences of their menu. Plus, you can’t go wrong with a salad when it’s piled high with Parmesan cheese!


Strachhino Gnocchi
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This dish showcases gnocchi at it’s best. Covered in poppy seeds, the dough on the outside is firm, while the middle of the handmade potato pillows burst with gooey Stracchino cheese.

Buffalo Milk Caramelle
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In Italian, “caramelle” means caramel, which makes sense since the pasta looks like little mini candies in a delicious sauce. The black and egg-colored dough is filled with creamy buffalo ricotta and is just one of the dishes that helped to put Don Angie on the map!

Lasagna for Two
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The lasagna for two (or more, as it’s actually a huge portion) is another signature dish that made Don Angie a NYC hot spot, and it is not to be missed.  Baked in the forms of pinwheels, everyone at the table will get a crispy and cheesy piece.

Want to learn more about Scott Tacinelli? Check out our feature story on him, get a behind-the-scenes look at Don Angie, and his advice for aspiring chefs!