Is Little Italy Just for Tourists?

Is Il Cortile the only good Italian restaurant left in Little Italy—other than Torrisi, that hound favorite on Mulberry Street? To listen to some readers, maybe so. As Chandavkl more concisely expresses it, "The only places worth eating at in Little Italy are Chinese." Oh, snap!

Chowhounds, is Chandavkl right? Is there not a single cheesy, saucy Italian restaurant with saucy Italian service left downtown that would make Sinatra proud? (Yes, we know he loved Patsy’s on 56th street, and we love this Edible Manhattan profile. But we’re talking Little Italy, here: Is it no longer viable?)

Il Cortile [Little Italy]
125 Mulberry Street, Manhattan
212-226-6060

Torrisi [Little Italy]
250 Mulberry Street, Manhattan
212-965-0955

Discuss: Where to eat in Little Italy?