Casa Nonna

Restaurant in New York

Italian Restaurant

I really like this recently opened cosy Italian restaurant with its high ceilings, open kitchen and wood-fired pizza oven.

Casa Nonna, which means “Grandmother’s House” in Italian, opened its doors in June 2011 and has an authentic Italian Cucina feel with fabulous tasting food and great service.  I love the back wall adorned with lots of picture frames, much like you might expect to see in Grandmother’s home. However, do take a good look at the tables – they are made from wine crates from all over the world!  (See photo below).  They also have seating right at the kitchen counter if you fancy the 'Chef's Table' approach.

I had lunch here the day before Hurricane Irene shut down Manhattan, so there was a somewhat surreal atmosphere in the city.

We started with some Antipasti and their delicious Sheep’s Milk Ricotta and Truffled Saba.  The two of us then shared a wonderfully prepared plate of Prosciutto, Melon, Mache and Pine Nut Vinaigrette followed by their excellent ‘Nonna’ Napolitan-style pizza with Zucchini Flowers, Pesto, fried egg, tomato and Mozzarella.  All the pasta is made in-house and they use only the highest quality Italian Buffalo Mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes and Lingurian Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  The menu also had grilled Swordfish, Sea Bass as well as Veal, Filet Mignon and Chicken for the meat lovers.

The extensive wine list is pure Italian with bottles starting from just under $40.  They also have a selection of red and whites available by the glass.  I was delighted to see some Italian beers as well, including my favourite Peroni.

There is a nice little bar area at the front of the restaurant which does a Happy Hour every day from 5-8pm and complimentary food!  $5 will get you a couple of different drinks to try.  What a neat idea!

Also attached to the restaurant is Go Burger if you fancy a great tasting burger or hotdog on the go.

Casa Nonna is open for lunch from 11:30am to 2:30pm Monday to Friday and dinner from 5:30pm to 10:30pm Monday to Thursday and stays open late until 11:30pm on Friday and Saturday, closing earlier on Sunday at 9:30pm.

They also serve a ‘midday menu’ from 2:30pm to 5:30pm Monday through Friday.

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Reviewer's Rating
Cuisine Italian
Need to book Advisable
Clientele Locals.
Restaurant good for Families with children , Bar scene , Large groups , Doing business , Meeting up with friends
Cost per head Medium
Dress Code Casual
Dining Options Lunch, Dinner

Additional Ambience Information

High ceilings, terra cotta floors and wonderful wooden tables giving that warm Mediterranean feel.

Additional Price Comments

Antipasti start from $8; Pizzas from $13; Salads from $11, Pastas from $17 and Mains (fish and meat) from $21.

Last updated on 04-07-2012

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