Scott Tacinelli and Angie Rito fell in love in the 2010s while working together at restaurants and their union eventually led to both marriage and collaborating on projects as a chef duo before opening this smash-hit homage to Italian American fare together in 2017. In addition to items like the signature pinwheel (and very dreamy) Lasagna for Two, the restaurant is also known for its checkerboard Carrara and dark Bardiglio marble tile floor and sleek interior design, as well as a romantic outdoor dining setup with a deep red exterior. Even five years after opening, the West Village eatery continues to be one of the most popular reservations in town. And check out the the recent debut of their first cookbook, Italian American.
Opened in 2017, Don Angie is a charming and award-winning West Village stalwart run by the couple and chef duo Angie Rito and Scott Tacinelli. With a focus on their Italian roots, the menu’s Italian-American vision includes Italian classics like vitello tonnato (spicy veal tartare and tuna carpaccio) and stateside staples like pasta cacciatore (mezcal-braised chicken, ‘nduja, and Sicilian olives). For mains, must-try items include the signature lasagna and the colorful combinations of their lobster for two (smoked vodka sauce, spicy polenta tortelli, and lobster polpette). Dessert options are cantaloupe sorbetto, black cocoa tiramisu, and more.