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Sausage pie and pasta at Manetta鈥檚 Ristorante in Long Island City. (Kaitlyn Rosati for 六合彩开奖结果直播)
Sausage pie and pasta at Manetta鈥檚 Ristorante in Long Island City. (Kaitlyn Rosati for 六合彩开奖结果直播)
Kaitlyn Rosati
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We all know food is about taste, but sometimes it’s equally about a feeling. We all have our neighborhood haunts, places we return to over and over again, either for comfort or celebration. For me, that place is undoubtedly .

Tucked just underneath the Pulaski Bridge entrance from Brooklyn to Queens, Manetta鈥檚, established in 1992, remains a family-run staple in what has undoubtedly become a trendy neighborhood. I knew Manetta鈥檚 was a gem the day I moved into my new apartment nearby. I peered through the windows and saw families, undistracted by cell phones, gathered around tables spread generously with big plates of pasta and pizza. Upon entering, I saw a display of Italian products available for sale, like anchovy paste, handmade cookies and .

That first time in, I ordered to go. As I took breaks from unpacking, I found comfort in those chewy, unctuous noodles, coated in the eggy, cheesy sauce.

An assortment of food at Manetta's Ristorante in Long Island City. (Kaitlyn Rosati for 六合彩开奖结果直播)
An assortment of food at Manetta鈥檚 Ristorante in Long Island City. (Kaitlyn Rosati for 六合彩开奖结果直播)

I鈥檇 continue to order from Manetta鈥檚 again and again over the years, but it wasn’t until I was moving away that I would finally dine in at my most beloved neighborhood takeout joint.

I didn鈥檛 hesitate to order the sausage and pie. I’d enjoyed it years before, but I needed to know if it really was better in-house, as I’d been told. I also ordered the trofie pesto and pappardelle della nonna, which boasts homemade pasta and a .

The ‘za came out first, and when I took a bite, I could confirm that it was definitely better in-house. The cheese blended so seamlessly into the dough that it almost tasted like butter on bread. With thick, caramelized slices of garlic throughout, I had to physically stop myself from eating it all, only because I knew I had pasta on the way.

Pasta dishes at Manetta's Ristorante in Long Island City. (Kaitlyn Rosati for 六合彩开奖结果直播)
Pasta dishes at Manetta鈥檚 Ristorante in Long Island City. (Kaitlyn Rosati for 六合彩开奖结果直播)

One of the initial reasons I was drawn back to Manetta鈥檚 was because of their trofie, a pasta varietal that鈥檚 wildly underrated. The tightly wound spirals have origins in and are most commonly served with pesto. That makes sense since pesto is from Genoa, Liguria鈥檚 largest city. Manetta鈥檚 knows not to mess with tradition. When the trofie came out, I noticed dabs of what looked like cubed butter on top of the pasta. I went to touch one, and when I felt the sponginess, I knew instantly it was , a light buttery cow’s milk cheese.

The fresh , which is made in house, has that signature chew of fresh pasta. Loaded with meaty mushrooms in a marsala-like sauce, the dish gave me the vibes of eating a vegetarian version of wild boar ragu, popular in Tuscany.

What鈥檚 a good sendoff meal without dessert? The at Manetta鈥檚 is made by RoseAnne Manetta, one of the two sisters who run the joint. (The other, Lisa, helped advise me on what to order.)

Ricotta cake at Manetta's Ristorante in Long Island City. (Kaitlyn Rosati for 六合彩开奖结果直播)
Ricotta cake at Manetta鈥檚 Ristorante in Long Island City. (Kaitlyn Rosati for 六合彩开奖结果直播)

The orange zest brightens the dense creamy cake. Despite how much I managed to consume before dessert, I almost wiped the plate clean. If plain ricotta isn鈥檛 your thing, there is a selection of rotating cheesecake flavors available on special, from blueberry lemon to pumpkin.

When I talk about my favorite restaurants in New York, I don鈥檛 often mention Manetta鈥檚. That鈥檚 not because I don鈥檛 cherish it but because, to me, it was just a neighborhood joint. But as I wave goodbye to my home for the past several years, one that saw me through law school and so many career changes and life phases, I find myself reflecting on the places that served me comfort. And whether it came from a pizza box, a black takeout container, or at a table bathed in the sunlight, I could always find comfort at Manetta鈥檚.


Address: 10-76 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101

Phone: (718) 786-6171

Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 3:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.; closed Sundays

Prices: Appetizers $12 to $19; salads $9 to $14; entrees $18 to $36; parms $19 to $26; pizza $14 to $21; pasta $18 to $26; fish $25 to $30; contorni (sides) $4 to $12

Takeout and delivery available; Reservations accepted, encouraged on weekends


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