Mon-Sat, noon-midnight; Sun, noon-11pm
Nearby Subway Stops
6 at 77th St.
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- Outdoor Dining
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- Full Bar
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68th St. to 86th St., East River to Fifth Ave.
In 1988 Italian-born restaurateur Giovanni Francescotti teamed up with chef Giovanni Pinato to open Mazurrella. The Padova-born chef has since departed for their second, more ambitious endeavor Giovanni, but Mazurrella remains a neighborhood fixture, the sort of quintessential Italian restaurant that diners consider a second home. If the décor is minimal, the classic, simple, moderately priced Italian dishes are served in hearty portions. The pasta menu features a popular penne a la vodka and a bowl of homemade linguine with remarkably crisp, punchy shrimp, its frosty flavor driven by artichoke hearts and a supple, warmly colored tomato and cream sauce. The modest secondi menu is heavy with chicken breast dishes and white wine sauces, but also has a trio of veal scaloppini; the version that's sautéed with Marsala wine and mushrooms is sweet and syrupy. More satisfying is the Branzino alla Triestina, a fillet of sea bass in a cherry tomato sauce, with a wonderfully fatty skin that's seared and flavored with rosemary. This is, in fact, the sort of place where the chef visits your table to apologize for having missed you the last time you came.Recommended Dishes
Insalata rucola, $11; taglioni con gamberi e cariofi, $18.75; branzino alla triestina, $23.50
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