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Best Arthur Avenue Restaurant

Pasquale’s Rigoletto
2311 Arthur Avenue, the Bronx; 718-365-6644

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Nearly every restaurant in the Arthur Avenue section of the Bronx has a legend attached to it. Amici’s was where Joe Pesci used to work as a manager until the night De Niro and Scorsese showed up for dinner; Lee Iacocca used to dispatch his company jet from Detroit to pick up pizzas from Marios; and Dominick’s is, of course, the place with no menus, prices, or private tables (you’d just better hope they like you). But Pasquale’s Rigoletto, a relative newcomer in these parts (it’s been open thirteen years), has raised the already high bar with its simple, exceedingly fresh food. Such as: the linguini with calamari, scallops, and shrimp in white-wine sauce, the veal chop with mushrooms, a little plate of pecorino and bruschetta brought out right when you sit down. And if all those $12 pasta joints in Manhattan have ruined the idea of tirami su for you, Pasquale’s has got one that’ll set you straight.


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