Let's preface this review by saying that this is some of the best damn pasta we've ever eaten. Seriously. Located in SoHo, Galli opened up in late 2012 and continues serving up delicious Italian comfort food. Envisioned by Steve Gallo, Karen Gallo, and Michael Forrest, this hip downtown restaurant exudes sophistication with an edge. Upon entering, you will find cozy cafe-style seating and a marble bar that's just the right size. Head back into the main dining room, where you will find booth seating and communal tables underneath a fun glass roof, perfect for both intimate occasions and larger parties. But enough about the scenery—what you'll really be feasting your eyes on is the food, and it sure does look just as delicious as it tastes.
You can't go wrong with any of their appetizers, which range from hearty Baby Rice Balls ($8) to Mozz Chips ($9) and Frito Misto ($11). But make sure you save room for your main course because guaranteed you won't leave a bite left on your plate. They have a big selection of pastas to choose from, such as Vodka ($13), Pesto ($14), Primavera ($14) and more. Even a simple classic such as the Penne al Vodka will blow your mind. In addition to pastas, Galli also serves a selection of paninis and main dishes, like Branzino ($22) and Chicken Francese ($16). No matter your selection you are sure to choose a winner.
Apart from traditional Italian restaurants that typically only serve wine, Galli offers a unique selection of specialty cocktails crafted by in-house mixologist Anthony Pepe. They range from nice and sweet, like Daria's Melon (made with Sapphire Gin, Campari, fresh lemon, pink peppercorn syrup, and fresh watermelon) to more adventurous, like the P.B.L. (made with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Pernod Absinthe, lemon, house made grenadine, egg white, cherry bark, and vanilla bitters). In addition, a variety of bourbons, whiskeys, gins, beers, and over 40 wines round out the beverage offerings at Galli.
In addition to lunch and dinner, Galli recently launched their 'Buon Giorno Menu,' which means good morning in Italian and will be available every day until 4pm. The menu includes morning-friendly options such as House Made Granola and Fresh Fruit. If this place doesn't have it all, we don't know a spot in the city that does!
Galli is located at 45 Mercer Street in SoHo.
For more on their menu offerings, head to their website.