Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should. This applies to keeping reptiles as pets, giving your living room an “island theme”, and cooking Italian food at home. Because while you could open up that box of Barilla that’s been in your pantry since you moved in, you’d be much better off ordering delivery from any of the 35 spots on this guide. You can get everything from spaghetti with meatballs to lobster tortellini with saffron sauce, and support local restaurants at the same time.
Calling Pasquale Jones a pizza spot is like calling the grand unified theory a tricky math problem. This Nolita restaurant has pizza - and it’s excellent - but that’s only one part of the menu. They also serve small plates, like mixed salumi platters, and pastas ranging from cacio e pepe to beef and pork lasagna for two. It’s all available for takeout and delivery Wednesday through Sunday from 5-9pm.
Whether you want to make a charcuterie board to end all charcuterie boards, get a sandwich for lunch, order cacio e pepe for six people, or stock your pantry with Italian specialty groceries, this Noho spot has you covered. Throw in a large format negroni, and place your order for delivery between 12-6:45pm.
Date nights nowadays don’t need to consist of hummus, Prego, and Little Fires Everywhere. When you order from Marea, your night can involve lobster and burrata salad, fusilli with octopus and bone marrow, and a bottle of Champagne or Barolo from this Midtown spot’s reserve wine list. If you decide to have Reese on in the background, that’s up to you.
To make your morning Zoom calls less monotonous, you could give elaborate names to all of your coworkers’ houseplants, or you could order from Ciao, Gloria in Prospect Heights. From 9am-2:30pm, you can get cappuccinos with biscotti, ricotta toast with a folded egg, and an Italian sandwich with three types of cured meat for takeout or delivery.
It’s your apartment, and you can do what you want to. That applies to having Alexa play “California King Bed” by Rihanna to wake you up in the morning, and to having a dinner made up solely of giant meatballs from Emilio’s Ballato. You could also opt for a more balanced meal by adding chicken parm or fettuccine all’amatriciana to your takeout order from this old-school spot in Nolita.
On the one hand, your kids would love Saraghina’s $9 buttered noodles. On the other, the parmigiano and housemade spaghetti will totally warp their expectations moving forward. Plus, you’ll probably end up eating half of it yourself. No matter how you navigate that decision, the fritto misto, lamb lasagna, and housemade gelato should be part of your takeout or delivery order from this Bed-Stuy Italian spot.
Rezdora serves the kind of pastas that you probably can’t make at home. You can see that for yourself by ordering tender anolini in parmigiano cream sauce, or spinach cappelletti stuffed with leeks and roasted mushroom puree for delivery. You could also order fresh pasta, sauce, and a brick of parmigiano reggiano from this Flatiron spot, and tell us never to doubt your skills again after making their lasagna bolognese for two in your own kitchen.
Choosing a pasta from Fiaschetteria Pistoia is like choosing how to break the ice with someone who’s clearly into you - it’ll be tough in the moment, but in the end, you’ll realize there was no way you could’ve gone wrong. Order cacio e pepe with hand rolled spaghetti, pappardelle al ragu, or housemade tagliatelle topped with a mound of black truffle any day between 5:30-10:30pm.
The same fantastic pastas and small plates are available for pick-up or delivery at this Italian spot’s West Village location as well.
Carbone is one of the toughest places to get a reservation in the city, so offering delivery is kind of the equivalent of Yo-Yo Ma making himself available to play background music while you work. You won’t experience the servers in red tuxedos preparing caesar salads tableside, but eating the spicy rigatoni vodka or veal parmesan in your apartment whenever you want makes up for it.
Parm is from the same restaurant group as Carbone, but while Carbone is only pulled out of the garage on special occasions, Parm is perfect for everyday use. And you really could get Parm everyday, as both their Nolita and Upper West Side locations deliver seven days a week, and nothing on the menu costs more than $20. Order a meatball parm sandwich, plate of baked ziti, or big platter of chicken parm anytime between 12-9pm.
Granted, the furthest we’ve travelled recently was to check if the door to the building’s rooftop was unlocked (it wasn’t), but we still contend that the pasta from Sandro’s is as good as anything we’ve had in Rome. And the furthest you need to travel to get your hands on this bucatini all’amatriciana or cacio e pepe is your front door.
Imagine a big, circular piece of flattened bread topped with things like red sauce, melted mozzarella, and various meats and vegetables. If you’re not picturing pizza, then you’ve got some explaining to do. But assuming you’re with us so far, now imagine that the crust has an inside like focaccia, and doughy, charred air pockets rising all over the surface. That’s what the pinsas - Roman-style pizzas - are like at this Williamsburg Italian spot. Order the one with stracciatella and spicy pork sausage, along with cacio e pepe and negronis for takeout or delivery.
In Chelsea, Bottino is offering everything on its breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus for pickup and delivery. Whether you order coffee and pastries at 9am, soppressata and fontina on a baguette at lunch, or rigatoni with duck confit for dinner, 10% of your order total will be donated to the neighborhood EMS station.
Is there a best time to eat chicken parm with spaghetti pomodoro or a pizza topped with meatball ragu? Is it after getting roped into four-too-many virtual drinking games, or could it be at 11am the morning after? You can find out for sure by ordering from Lil Frankies in the East Village, which offers delivery from 11am until midnight during the week, and until 2am on weekends.
Frank is from the same people as Lil Frankies, and this East Village spot also offers delivery until midnight every day. But rather than pizzas, the focus here is on pastas, like pappardelle with veal ragu, or squid ink linguini with seafood. You should also keep it in mind for weekend brunch, when they deliver dishes like baked eggs pomodoro with bacon and hash browns.
Sure, the beautiful brownstones and tree-lined streets by the park are nice, but the real selling point that’d get us to move to Park Slope is the food at Al Di La. The housemade pastas - like squash and mascarpone-filled ravioli and tagliatelle al ragu - are available for delivery, as are negronis and bottles of wine (which are 25% off).
Whether you choose to analyze the long menu at Cremini’s with more of a scientific method or pin the tail on the donkey approach, one thing needs to be part of your order: fried Ascolana olives filled with minced meats. They’re one of the best drinking snacks around, so consider getting a bottle of Italian wine from this all-day spot in Carroll Gardens as well.
There’s a lot that goes into pairing wine and pasta, but even if you go with a sippy cup of Boone’s Farm, you’ll still enjoy the pappardelle with oxtail ragu or squid ink tonnarelli with crab and bottarga from Evelina. You’ll enjoy them more, though, if you make use of this Fort Greene spot’s glasses, carafe, and bottles, which are all 50% off.
The next time a delivery debate over pizza-versus-pasta begins to feel as productive as a day on Capitol Hill, check out Vesta in Astoria. Order a thin-crust pie, like the one with housemade sausage, and some orecchiette bolognese, which is served family-style with enough for four or five people.
Just as the “Angry Chicken” with guanciale and chilis always needs to be on your table when you go to Corto, it needs to be on your kitchen table when you order takeout. Order it for pickup or delivery between 12-6pm from this spot in The Heights section of Jersey City, along with a DIY kit of any of their fantastic pastas.
Marlow Bistrow is like an Italian restaurant that did a semester abroad in Istanbul. The majority of the menu is pizzas and housemade pastas, but lobster tortellini is served in a saffron sauce, and thin-crust pies are topped with things like olives and artichokes or cherry tomatoes and za’atar. It’s time abroad was clearly a positive experience because the food at this Upper West Side is delicious, and it’s available at 20% off for pickup or delivery.
Patrizia’s is offering its very long menu of red sauce and cheese-heavy dishes - like manicotti, veal parm, and pizzas - for delivery and takeout every day from 11am-10pm.
You’ll find a similar menu at Patrizia’s location in Woodlawn, with things like baked ziti, veal sorrentino, and vodka pizza with chicken available for takeout or delivery.
If you’re ordering from Ammazzacaffe, you’re ordering pasta. That would be good advice no matter what, but at the moment, it’s just a fact. This Williamsburg spot’s delivery menu is entirely made up of pasta, and nobody’s complaining about that. Get torcia with pork bolognese or spinach gamelli with mushrooms, or order one of their fresh pastas and red sauces to cook yourself at home.
Like first dates and disappointment, Rucola and Four & Twenty Blackbirds are a package deal. So not only can you order fantastic fusilli with sunchokes or roasted chicken with sausage from this Boerum Hill spot, but you can also get a salted caramel apple pie for dessert.
Most dishes on the menu at Harry’s Italian in FiDi are available as single or family (double) portions, which is useful in the event that you’re not sick of your roommate, yet. It also comes in handy if you’ve had a particularly sh*tty day. Because while you might hesitate to order a double chicken parm or penne vodka while sitting alone at the bar, you can do it judgment-free while sitting on your couch.
As its name suggests, this Italian spot in downtown Jersey City focuses on pasta. Pick-up fresh pastas and sauces from their retail counter, and listen to the person behind the bar recommend sauces like a sommelier recommends wine. You can also order fully prepared dishes for delivery Wednesday through Saturday, including hand-cut fettuccine with mushroom ragu, or ravioli filled with slow-braised short rib (our favorite pasta here).
The bad news is this Carroll Gardens Italian spot only offers pickup and delivery Thursday through Sunday from 4-9pm. The good news is it gives you something to look forward to during the week besides seeing the words “the meeting has ended.” Even though we admit that’s pretty nice, the housemade tagliatelle bolognese and grilled polenta with prosciutto at Gersi is better.
Most delicious pasta has gluten, but it’s not the gluten that makes it delicious. Pastai proves that with its housemade pastas - like torchio with an eight-hour flank steak ragu - that can all be made gluten-free. If you feel like cooking your own torchio at home, they offer fresh pastas and sauces for delivery for just $4-$6.
Both of Felice’s locations on the Upper East Side - Felice 83 and Felice 64 - are offering high-end dishes, like fettuccine with veal ragu and aged parmigiano reggiano, for pickup and delivery every day from 3 to 9pm.
Seasonal salads and burrata are typically about as exciting as watching your phone get a software upgrade. At LaRina Pastificio, though, they’re worth planning your night around. So you can imagine how good lasagna with ragu bolognese or smoked spaghetti with Calabrian chili are at this Fort Greene Italian spot.
This Italian spot in Belmont serves everything from baked clams to veal meatballs to shrimp francese. The portions are all large and the food is all filling, and that goes for the pizzas as well. They come with toppings like chicken parm, sausage and broccoli rabe, or four types of cheese.
Most of the attention at Beebe’s is focused on their pizzas, and that’s fair - the thin, crispy pies should definitely be part of your order. But they shouldn’t be your whole order from this Italian spot in LIC. Add some orecchiette with sausage or gnocchi alla vodka, and a bottle of wine, which they’re offering at half-price. Call them at 718-208-2895 to place your order, and if you opt for curbside pickup rather than delivery, you’ll get 15% off.