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Focolare

Chinatown & Little Italy
Though it’s too early to declare a Little Italy dining renaissance, we welcome this Jersey import, which greets patrons with a classier-than-usual interior: There’s a blazing fireplace, and black-and-white photos of Frank Sinatra and homey ceramics line the walls. Food is pricey, but tasty, and served in giant portions: A pile of risotto, topped with prawns and sprinkled with dill, is rich and warming; tender veal marsala comes with a side of pleasantly bitter broccoli rabe. Skip the linguine (loaded with clams but yearning for garlic) and head straight for dessert: Both fluffy tiramisu and an oozing chocolate cake were supremely good, if familiar.
Venue name: Focolare
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Address: 115 Mulberry Street
New York

Cross street: between Canal and Hester Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 11am–10pm; Fri–Sun 11am–midnight
Transport: Subway: J, M, Z, N, Q, R, W, 6 to Canal St
Price: Average main course: $14. AmEx, MC, Disc, V
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