Roberto’s in the Bronx, Authentic Italian Cuisine

My foodie friends from out-of-town decided on Roberto’s in the Bronx, NY.  This is in the Little Italy section of the Bronx where authentic Italian food is known.  The restaurant is so popular that they don’t take reservations.  So you wait and wait until you have a table.  We arrived at 5:15pm and waited about one hour for an early Saturday night dinner.

But the meal is definitely worth the wait.  It was excellent even for me who generally avoid Italian restaurants because the Italian food here in the states is never as good as that in Italy.  I still miss the fresh grilled octopus and calamari when I visited Venice in 2003.  A little restaurant in the tiny alley way with less than 10 seats.  It was everyday eating: fresh seafood with a glass of house Chianti.

Burrata plus Calamari
Burrata plus Calamari

This is our antipasti.  Burrata and Calamari e Gamberi alla Griglia.  The calamari was so tender.  The Burrata melted in my mouth.  Wow.

Roberto's Burrata
Roberto’s Burrata

Here is the Burrata again in its full glory.  The capers were a very nice touch.

Tubettini con Polipo e Fave
Tubettini con Polipo e Fave

This was my dish.  I am a sucker for Octopus.  I cannot help it.  I have been told that Octopus has the equivalent intelligence of a three-year-old child.  I am still eating it.

Coniglio a Doppia Cottura
Coniglio a Doppia Cottura

This is the 1/2 grilled rabbit.  It was excellent.  Not gamy at all and delicious.

Penne Melanzane e Provola Affumicata
Penne Melanzane e Provola Affumicata

This is the penne with mozzarella.  Simple but very excellent.

Pasta Special
Pasta Special
Roberto's Pasta Special, cooked in the foil
Roberto’s Pasta Special, cooked in the foil
Tiramisu
Tiramisu
Chocolate Gelato
Chocolate Gelato

Can you really come to an authentic Italian place and not get gelato? Or anything chocolate?  I had the chocolate volcano, pictured up top.

The meal was very satisfying from the beginning to the end.  I have also come to find out that they recently opened a sister restaurant right in my town, called Zero Otto Nove.  Guess where I will be going soon?  Thumbs up!

But before then, it’s time to exercise to burn off those pasta calories.

Roberto’s Restaurant

603 Crescent Avenue
Bronx, NY 10458