Nestled within Manhattan’s Theater District, AppetitO Ristorante offers a traditional array of Italian dishes and cocktails in an “at-home” atmosphere reminiscent of the Italian countryside. When I found out this under the radar Midtown mainstay just celebrated its 22nd anniversary last year, I had to check this place out to reward my stomach after a long week of work.
When I walked in, I immediately felt comfortable - as the exposed brick walls in the main dining room and bar that was beautifully lit by a series of chandeliers gave off a casual yet intimate vibe. I started off with the classic Calamari Fritti ($14). The squid was fried perfectly and the red sauce that accompanied the platter was warm and flavorful. Simplicity done right.
Although the place is pretty expensive, the food is solid. So if you find yourself in Midtown craving some classic Italian, AppetitO is a good bet.
47 W 39th Street
New York, NY 10018