After more than 100 years of offering traditional Neapolitan fare, Angelo’s is riding a wave of Italo-American day-trippers, too-friendly Midwestern tourists and older-generation locals. The frescoed walls might be a little faded and the servers a little world-weary, but it’s still a joy to sit at one of the coveted sidewalk tables on a balmy evening and watch the Mulberry Street parade.
With Nolita and Chinatown closing in on either side, Manhattan’s Little Italy enclave now calls upon its traditions more than ever to preserve its sense of cultural heritage. September's San Gennaro festival, celebrating the Patron Saint of Naples, is one such example of the Italian spirit, offering music, art and traditional fare from some of the city’s best Italian restaurants. From longtime pasta-slingers to an intrepid bakery gunning for the world's biggest cannoli, here are the best restaurants to try during this two-week feast.
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