Mon–Sat, 5pm–midnight; Sun, 5pm–10pm
F at 57th St.; N, Q, R at 57th St.-Seventh Ave.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Business lunches, engagement dinners, contract closings—Quality Italian isn’t the place for a “quick bite to eat.” Its dark lighting, bouquets of fresh flowers, and handsome mahogany bar are classy without being stodgy. The menu is one of the few that remains consistent in its appeal despite its length: Not a single thing out of the 45 items sounds unappealing. The appetizer list is seafood heavy — baked clams, oysters ricci covered in sea-urchin butter — but a standout is the grilled octopus saltimbocca, presented with prosciutto and chickpea salad, and drizzled in a savory sage aioli that you miss as soon as it’s gone. Unlike its sister restaurant, Quality Meats, Quality Italian is explicitly billed as a steakhouse and doesn’t let you forget it, with seven different steaks on the menu, from a filet mignon Gorgonzola dolce to a bone-in sirloin, and that’s before you get to the entrees. The mains themselves are built to please, with everything from pork chops to branzino to a veal chop Milanese, but the star of the show is the namesake dish, a chicken Parmigiana that looks more like an artisan pizza than what grandma served for dinner. Indeed, it’s cut into slices, and you’re encouraged to try it with its accompaniments: The bitterness of the arugula complements the savory, juicy chicken, and the spicy chile-honey accents the sweet tomato sauce. At $29 per person, it doesn’t quite live up to its outrageous asking price, but a single serving is generous enough to feed a family of four.