I'll be sharing more on the other parts of the day later this week. Today it's all about dinner! We used to frequent Little Italy whenever possible before kids. Then, life got busy and we just never went in to eat dinner - for a really long time. We'd go into the city and do things up in Midtown, but never made the trip downtown to Little Italy when the kids were with us. It's not like pizza and pasta aren't things they would eat, we just figured it wouldn't be the most kid friendly place to go.
A few weeks ago, we had no dinner plans and on the spur of the moment we decided to give Little Italy a try with the kids. Now that our boys are 10 and 11 years old now which really does make going to do things like this so much easier.
After seeing that there were still so many inviting restaurants in Little Italy it was a logical choice to go there when our niece was visiting. After strolling down Mulberry Street, we made the decision to go into Da Gennaro for dinner. We had eaten there years ago, so we decided it was worth seeing if they were still as good as they were back then.
It's a quaint restaurant that, like many other restaurants on Mulberry Street, is able to open up floor to ceiling windows to allow for sidewalk dining. This is one of my favorite things about eating in this area. I love to people watch, and having the restaurant opened up like this on nice days makes it that much more fun while you are there. The tables inside are cozy and the interior is tastefully decorated. Lovely paintings on the wall that give you a glimpse into Italy while you are there.
My Oldest ordered the Bruschetta appetizer as his meal since he wasn't terribly hungry. The tomato mixture was flavorful and served on fresh, crusty bread. Just the way you would expect it. Since some of the topping always falls off, it was lucky that we still had some fresh bread in our basket on the table so that he could use it to finish off every last bite.
I opted for the Rigatoni ala Vodka - I'm always in search of a really good vodka sauce. Some places really don't make a good vodka sauce... you know the kind where you want to sop up the sauce with every last pice of bread on the table. This sauce was creamy and it was a perfect excuse to indulge in a couple of slices of bread to sop up the sauce. Hard to resist!
Overall, we all enjoyed our evening at Da Gennaro and would be happy to go back again! If you are in NYC and have the time to visit Mulberry Street, add Da Gennaro to your list of restaurants to try!
129 Mulberry Street
New York, NY
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