Emilio’s Ballato is a New York gem that has served well-known celebrities including John Lennon, Andy Warhol, Lenny Kravitz, Denzel Washington, President Obama, President Kennedy, and more. Nestled in the Nolita neighborhood, the cozy spot is unmistakably Italian from the music, to the wine list, and of course, the recipes. Owner Emilio Vitolo grew up in a big Italian family and was working at an Italian restaurant in Little Italy by age 15. His favorite recipes are the spaghetti al pomodoro and the linguine alle vongole.
Fun fact: Lenny Kravitz’s favorite dish is the rigatoni con zucchini.