If you are looking for a casual, intimate bistro with authentic Italian dishes in New York City, make your way over to Fiat Café located at 203 Mott Street in Nolita.
Fiat Café boasts a charming, cozy atmosphere and a unique red and white décor that pays homage to the owner’s favorite Italian car, made evident by the framed Fiat pictures strewn along the walls and the colorful collection of tiny car models on display. In addition to a relaxed ambiance, this quaint, tile-clad café features a team of friendly severs that provide quick and attentive service.
Since opening its doors, this small spot has gained a strong following of patrons due to its reputation for serving up some of the best straightforward Italian entrees at a reasonable price; which is often hard to come by in a city like New York. However, be aware that this restaurant is cash only, so leave the plastic at home.
The menu, created by owner Stephan Iacovelli, offers a long list of homemade dishes prepared with fresh, high quality ingredients that will make you feel like you’ve been transported back to the mother country, or at least back to your nonna’s kitchen after a trip to Arthur Avenue.
Make your way over to Fiat Café during the afternoon for a quick lunch and start off your meal with a mouthwatering antipasto, such as a plate piled high with Prosciutto, Soppressata and Parmigiano Cheese, alongside some Tomato and Garlic Bruschetta. Then move onto a delicious salad or pasta accompanied by a Grilled Chicken Panini made with avocado, arugula, Asiago cheese and roasted tomato vinaigrette on sourdough bread.
If you are looking for a meal later in the day, stop by Fiat Café for dinner and dig into one of their delectable entrees that range from Poached Striped Bass served with homemade tomato sauce and fennel, to their infamous Pappardelle Pasta made with shiitake, oysters, crimini mushrooms, duck confit ragout and truffle oil.
Fiat Café also serves as the perfect spot for a low-key brunch on the weekends, offering a variety of omelets, eggs benedict, pancakes and French toast, as well as an assortment of coffee and espresso beverages that will satisfy any caffeine craving and cure that Sunday morning hangover.
Whether you are stopping by for a speedy lunch break, an intimate dinner date, or just a casual cup of coffee and a piece of tiramisu, Fiat Café has something to please everyone looking for a quality Italian meal with a home-cooked feeling.
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By: Kaylin Pound
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