Tucked between SoHo and Chinatown, this is America's iconic Little Italy. In its prime, it was large enough that different streets stood in for different regions of Italy. Now largely limited to Mulberry Street, it's still a thriving epicenter of Italian culture and creativity.
Case in point: A few blocks north at Torrisi, chefs Rick Torrisi and Mario Carbone are having fun with dishes like Rice a Roni Carbonara. Don't miss the mother of Italian street fairs, the Feast of San Gennaro (Sept. 13-23, 2012).