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115 Mulberry St., New York, NY 10013 40.7177 -73.998242
nr. Canal St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
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  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price Range: $$

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Nearby Subway Stops

6, J, N, Q, R, Z to Canal St.



Payment Methods

American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Dine at the Bar
  • Fireplace
  • Good for Groups
  • Great Desserts
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Prix-Fixe
  • Romantic
  • Take-Out


  • Full Bar


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This venue is closed.

Focolare means fireplace in Italian, and a flickering wood-burner is the focal point of this rustic space, throwing a golden cast against wooden walls, dark floors, and a shiny-black painted bar; dim amber lights cast a cozy glow. Successful with Italian food in the New Jersey suburbs, Eileen Lombardi teamed up with her godson, chef Frank Lania, in August 2007 to fulfill a lifelong dream: Bring haute Italian food to the tourist trap that is Little Italy. But Lania’s original menu proved too ambitious for the tourists that crowded the neighborhood, so house-made pastas and grilled pizzas replaced entrees like duck breast with vanilla jus. Still, a few of Lania’s creations remain, like a rustic cannelloni stuffed with tender rabbit confit. Refreshing tiramisu from Lania’s mom’s recipe is made with Kahlua instead of espresso, and housemade ladyfingers, for deep, velvety flavor in each semi-sweet bite. But with plenty of better Italian restaurants in town, Focolare is still more of a safe-haven for out-of-towners set on supper on Mulberry Street than a dinner destination.

Prix-Fixe Menu

Lunch: daily, two courses, $12.50; Dinner: daily, two courses, $19.50

Recommended Dishes

Rabbit confit cannelloni, $22; swordfish prigiole, $23; tiramisu, $7