125 La Salle St, New York, NY 10027
Everyone, I hope, loves a high-quality, hearty, traditional Italian meal. If not, well, I guess that’s allowed. In fact, you’re probably a lot skinnier than the rest of us who love to gorge on fettuccine and pizza. Anyways, I’m off topic. I want to introduce you to one of the best and most authentic Italian restaurants on the Northern half of Manhattan, Pisticci. It’s located on La Salle between Claremont Ave. and Broadway. This restaurant is special though, because it is more than just good food. The owners, Michael and Vivian Forte, run a business that cares about serving quality food, but also cares about treating their employees as artists and giving them growth opportunity, and they care about maintaining a restaurant that meets environmentally friendly standards. Doing all of these things is not an easy task, but Michael and Vivian, who never owned a restaurant before Pisticci, have done it with grace and precision.
Pisticci, owns a farm North of New York City, where they grow their ingredients using compost from the restaurant. The food is then brought to the restaurant and served to customers within hours of being harvested, so you know you’re eating fresh ingredients that were grown without gas powered equipment. Pisticci became the first restaurant in NYC to be Carbon Neutral and they are a Green Certified restaurant. On top of this incredible effort, the Forte’s have maintained a restaurant which serves some of the best food in the area. Nothing about their job is easy, but they have built a restaurant that has led by example for others who hope to demonstrate the same beliefs.
The food is fresh, delicious, and authentic Italian. The restaurant provides customers with an amazing experience from the atmosphere, to the wonderful service, combined with a decadent meal. This restaurant is a true diamond hidden away in Harlem that should not be missed. No matter the occasion, a casual meal with a friend, a family dinner, a romantic rendezvous, or if you just want to treat yourself to a nice dinner out, Pisticci will fulfill your cravings and blow your mind.