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Via Oreto

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1121 First Ave., New York, NY 10021 40.761149 -73.960881
nr. 62nd St.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-308-0828 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price Range: $$

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Nearby Subway Stops

F at Lexington Ave.-63rd St.; 4, 5, 6 at 59th St.; N, Q, R at Fifth Ave.-59th St.



Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Classic NY
  • Delivery
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Great Desserts
  • Outdoor Dining


  • Full Bar


Accepted/Not Necessary


This venue is closed.

In the shadow of the Queensboro Bridge's off-ramp, Via Oreto could be just one more Southern Italian restaurant with its clean heartwood siding and brick walls. The restaurant is owned by a mother-son team from Sicily, and mothers figure prominently into the menu with dishes like Mama's own meatballs. Wonderfully, this is the rare Sicilian trattoria that does nearly everything right. The menu is a careful mixture of old standbys and harder-to-find dishes, like a starter of pepperoni ripieno, a red pepper filled with rice, beef, bread crumbs, and garlic, baked in a tomato sauce so the juices mingle. Homemade pastas may include bucatini chi sarde, a traditional Sicilian dish of fat spaghetti in a pungent dry sauce of fresh sardines ground up with fennel, pine nuts, and baby raisins. The house specialty, pollo scarpariello, features pieces of chicken baked in a dry rub of olive oil, lemon, garlic, and oregano, giving it a crispy, salty skin that reveals moist meat inside. Sicilian desserts are known for their richness, and here they’re no exception. The strawberry zabaglione, a pudding-like dessert with egg yolk, sugar, and Marsala wine whipped together and poured over fresh strawberry hunks, has a creamy consistency and dense, slightly alcoholic flavoring, which makes it an intoxicating reminder of the bold Sicilian meal you just consumed. 

Recommended Dishes

Pollo scarpariello, $21.95; strawberry zabaglione, $8.95