Roman Tradition Meets NYC Flare At Donna Margherita
Donna Margherita, the charming and delightfully authentic Italian restaurant on Second Avenue is a cozy nook inside Upper Manhattan’s crowded streets.
Birthed from a deeply cultural and vibrant cuisine, every dish served at this enchanting spot carries the rich taste of centuries-old Abruzzo soil sprinkled with the tang of modern Roman cuisine and a hint of New York City flare.
Every day, Donna Margherita’s outstanding Chef Rosanna Di Michele starts her morning off by visiting her local city market. All meat is fresh and all vegetables organic, gleaming, flavorful. Depending on her daily finds, she creates – entirely from scratch – the restaurant’s specials of the day, and offers a taste to all visitors as they come in for a late night bite.
Two glasses of house Cabernet please?
When visiting the restaurant, Rosanna offered us a glorious calamari and vegetable stew – a dish she’s adapted from the traditional Abruzzi recipe. The warmth of the tomato sauce with the rich tenderness of the calamari was pure bliss. In the Chef’s own words, “this dish is quite simple, but the quality of the ingredients is what makes it something truly special.”
The pampering continued, as the talented Rosanna let us enjoy her star dish of broiled calamari steak, infused with Tuscan olive oil, bathed in chunky housemade aioli and placed over a bed of raw arugula and lemon slices.
We’ll have another.
Lastly, the Insalata di Carciofi – made with soft, oily artichoke hearts adorned with paper-thin slices of Parmiggiano-Reggiano – was the refreshing ending to a glorious meal.
Apart from the mouthwatering creations of culinary artist, Rosanna, we couldn't help but notice the deep-rooted community Donna Margherita has already created for itself. Caught in the midst of one of Manhattan’s busiest neighborhoods, this lovely Italian haven manages to maintain a culture of love: love of food, love of family, and most of all, love of life.
On our first visit there, more than five Italian families entered through the doors of the joyful eatery. They ate, they laughed, and it’s as if in the blink of an eye we were transported to the fruitful mountains of beautiful Abruzzo, wine in hand and bellies full.