Trattoria Anna Maria

Upper East Side
When chef Joseph D’Angelo, an alum of such stellar kitchens as Union Square Cafe and Esca, wanted to open his own restaurant, his father had a better idea: Run the family’s pizza joints instead. The younger D’Angelo took up the challenge, adding a white-tablecloth dining room to his minichain’s Upper East Side location. Today, locals stop in to grab a slice or a stromboli to go, while diners linger over bowls of pasta and lovingly prepared Italian specialties. The pancetta-wrapped shrimp appetizer is surpassingly tender, the pizza crust is crisp with vibrant tomato sauce, and the meat dishes are enhanced with fresh ingredients. In season, satisfy your soft-shell-crab jones—order the crustaceans fried; they’ll be served on a bed of wilted greens and cherry tomatoes, with a balsamic reduction that reinforces the sweetness of the meat.
Venue name: Trattoria Anna Maria
Address: 1592 First Ave
New York
Cross street: at 83rd St
Opening hours: Dining room 5–10pm. Pizza counter Mon–Wed, Sun 11am–11pm; Thu–Sat 11am–1am
Transport: Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St
Price: Average main course: $15. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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