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 spots on this guide. You can get everything from spaghetti with meatballs to lobster tortellini with saffron sauce—and support local restaurants while you’re at it.
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 it only accounts for part of the menu. You’ll also find small plates, big proteins, and pastas like pork shank cavatelli and spaghetti al limone here. This food is available for takeout and delivery Wednesday through Sunday from 5-10pm.
Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria
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. Place your order for delivery between 11:30am-8:45pm.
When you order from Marea, your night can involve lobster and burrata salad or fusilli with octopus and bone marrow. This is obviously an upscale choice, but it’s perfect for when you want to impress someone, such as yourself.
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 8:30am-3pm, you can get cappuccinos with biscotti or ricotta toast with a folded egg—and, starting at 11am, you can grab an Italian sandwich with three types of cured meat for takeout or delivery.
It’s your apartment, and you can do what you want. So have 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.
No matter what, the fritto misto should be part of your takeout or delivery order from this Italian spot in Bed-Stuy. Saraghina is a neighborhood staple, and, yes, you should get a pizza or two as well.
Rezdora serves the kind of pastas that you probably can’t make at home. See this for yourself by ordering tender anolini in parmigiano cream sauce or spinach cappelletti stuffed with leeks and roasted mushroom puree for delivery.
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 5:30-10:10pm.
The same fantastic pastas and small plates are available for pick-up or delivery at this Italian spot’s West Village location as well.
Parm is from the same restaurant group as Carbone, but, while Carbone is prohibitively expensive and impossible to get into, Parm is perfect for everyday use. Both the Nolita and Upper West Side locations deliver seven days a week, and basically everything on the menu costs less than $20. Order a meatball parm sandwich, a plate of baked ziti, or a big platter of chicken parm anytime between 11am-8:40pm.
We still contend that the pasta from Sandro’s is as good as anything we’ve had in Rome. Get this classic UES spot’s cacio e pepe delivered to your front door.
The pinsas (i.e., Roman-style pizzas) at this Williamsburg Italian spot are doughy, fluffy, and covered in charred air bubbles. Order the one with stracciatella and spicy pork sausage along with the cacio e pepe for takeout or delivery.
Is there a best time to eat chicken parm with spaghetti pomodoro or a pizza topped with meatballs? Is it after visiting a few bars? 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-11pm daily.
Frank is from the same people as Lil Frankies, and this East Village spot also offers delivery until late every day. But, rather than pizzas, the focus here is on pastas, like handmade ravioli and rigatoni al ragu. You should also keep this place in mind for weekend brunch, when they deliver dishes like baked eggs pomodoro with bacon and hash browns.
Al Di La
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. Their housemade pastas are available for delivery.
Whether you choose to analyze the long menu at Cremini’s with more of a scientific method or go for a 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.
The next time a pizza-versus-pasta delivery debate begins to feel unproductive, check out Vesta in Astoria. Order a thin-crust pie, like the one with housemade sausage, as well as some orecchiette ai funghi.
The “Angry Chicken” with guanciale and chilis always needs to be on your table when you go to Corto—and it should be on your kitchen table when you order takeout as well. Get it for pickup or delivery Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from this spot in The Heights section of Jersey City.
Patricia's of Tremont
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-10:30pm.
Patrizia's Of Woodlawn
You’ll find a similar menu at Patrizia’s location in Woodlawn, with things like baked ziti, veal sorrentino, and vodka pizza available for takeout or delivery.
If you’re ordering from Ammazzacaffe, you’re ordering pasta. It’s the star of the menu here. Get some reginette with pork shoulder ragu or spinach gamelli with mushrooms, or order one of the fresh pastas and red sauces to cook yourself at home.
Harry's Italian Pizza Bar
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. These portion sizes also come in handy if you’ve had a particularly long day. You might hesitate to order a double chicken parm or penne vodka while sitting alone at the bar, but you can do so 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 the way a sommelier recommends wine. You can also order fully prepared dishes for delivery Wednesday through Saturday.
The bad news is this Carroll Gardens Italian spot only offers pickup and delivery Thursday through Sunday from 4-9pm. The good news is this gives you something to look forward to during the week. The housemade tagliatelle bolognese and grilled polenta with prosciutto are necessary orders.
Most delicious pasta has gluten, but it’s not the gluten that makes it delicious. Pastai proves this with its housemade pastas—like paccheri with an eight-hour flank steak ragu—that can all be made gluten-free. If you feel like cooking your own pasta at home, they also 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 12pm to 10pm.
LaRina Pastificio & Vino
Even the seasonal salads and burrata at LaRina Pastificio are worth planning your night around. So you can imagine how good the smoked spaghetti and butternut squash gnocchi are at this Fort Greene Italian spot.
This Italian place in Belmont serves everything from baked clams and veal meatballs to shrimp francese. The portions are all large, and the food is filling—and that goes for the pizzas as well. They come with toppings like chicken parm, broccoli rabe, or four types of cheese.
The thin, crispy pies at Beebe's should definitely be part of your order. But they shouldn’t be the only things you get from this Italian spot in LIC. Grab some orecchiette with sausage or gnocchi alla vodka. Call them at 718-208-2895 to place your order for pickup, or go online for delivery.