Upper West Side’s top Italian restaurant

UWS Eatery Named One Of The Best Italian Restaurants In NYC

The Upper West Side has no shortage of Italian joints, but only one local spot got named to a recent list of the 23 best in New York City.

Gus Saltonstall, Patch StaffVerified Patch Staff Badge

Posted Mon, Aug 16, 2021 at 11:22 am ET

The Upper West Side has no shortage of Italian joints, but only one local spot got named to a list of the 23 best in New York City.
The Upper West Side has no shortage of Italian joints, but only one local spot got named to a list of the 23 best in New York City. (Shutterstock)

UPPER WEST SIDE, NY — There are few more beloved cuisines than Italian, and Eater NY recently published its list of the 23 best Italian restaurants in New York City.

“This list captures the best of the best Italian restaurants, new and old, in New York City — serving up all the pasta, pizza, and seafood any New Yorker (or tourist) could want,” wrote the Eater staff.

A single Upper West Side Italian eatery made the list, in fact, it was the only Manhattan restaurant above 14th Street to earn a spot on the rankings.

Eater named Celeste at 502 Amsterdam Avenue, between West 84th and 85th Streets, one of the 23 best Italian eateries in all five boroughs.

Here’s what the food publication’s staff had to say about it:

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“The Upper West Side has no shortage of neighborhood Italian joints, but Celeste rises above them all. Owner Carmine Mitroni rules over the boxy Neapolitan restaurant, greeting regulars and making recommendations to newcomers. Tables can’t go wrong with the pastas, especially the popular tagliatelle with shrimp, cabbage, and sheep’s milk cheese, and the pizzas sport a nice char from the wood-fired oven. Expect a wait, and cash only.”

Celeste breaks its menu into 12 sections: pizza, gluten-free pizza, specials, fritti, antipasti, insalate, sides, pasta fatta in casa, pasta secca, pesce, carne, and desserts.

It’s open every day besides Monday from 4 to 9:30 p.m.

You can find out more about the Italian restaurant on its website.

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