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Sal's Little Italy

Sal's was established in 1975 by a southern Neapolitan family from Italy. Since then they have kept their Neapolitan culinary traditions alive in the heart of Little Italy in New York City.

The secret of their great tasting cooking is simply by making every ingredient homemade and selecting every item personally.
In all these years Sal's has pleased people from all around the world and they all appreciated the Italian cooking fine art. Come enjoy our famous pizza & calzones, delicious pastas and specialty items such as Pollo alla Sal's or Veal Paillard.

In the years to come Sal's is looking forward to meeting their children. And the tradition goes on...


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21 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
3.8 / 5
(Very Good) 3.8 / 5
(21 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 21 reviews
5 stars
(8)
4 stars
(7)
3 stars
(2)
2 stars
(2)
1 star
(2)
Food 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
Service 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
Ambiance 
3.8 / 5
(Very Good) 3.8 / 5
Noise Level
2.5 / 3
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • neighborhood gem(10)
  • good for groups(5)
  • kid-friendly(5)
  • great for lunch(4)
  • fit for foodies(3)
  • great for outdoor dining(3)
Sal's Little Italy Reviews List
Review 1 for Sal's Little Italy
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2016
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Review 2 for Sal's Little Italy
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

First time in Little Italt

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Dined on 4/15/2016
 2012
Dined on 4/15/2016
 2012
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Looking forward to old school Italian and picked Sal's. The service was great but the food was lacking. The fried calamari was frozen and really chewy. We were there on a Friday and they were out if out first 3 wine choices. My fettuccini Alfredo was really good but the added chicken was dry and seemed like it was left over from another night. 2 out of 4 of our party would return."
Dined on 4/15/2016
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 3 for Sal's Little Italy
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Love the calzone and pizzas

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Dined on 2/27/2016
 2005
Dined on 2/27/2016
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Solid, classic NY pizza and my favorite guilty pleasure - Sal's fried calzone. The calzones are humungeous and very good. Okay, it's almost fried pizza, but it is worth the calories. The Italian comfortfood items like chicken parm is very good. If you are looking for a no-frills place then Sal's is it."
Dined on 2/27/2016
 2005
Special Features: good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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Review 4 for Sal's Little Italy
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 3/25/2016
 2016
Dined on 3/25/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 3/25/2016
 2016
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Review 5 for Sal's Little Italy
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

Awful awful service. No atmosphere. No people.

Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
"Blanked by waitress when we were the only customers. She sat behind us on whatsapp all night. Wine was the only positive."
Dined on 2/24/2016
 2013
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Review 6 for Sal's Little Italy
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/16/2016
 2008
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Review 7 for Sal's Little Italy
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OMG!

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Dined on 2/14/2016
 2015
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"The BEST Italian food I've ever had. Seriously. The calamari was so tender it tasted like scallops. The Pizza was amazing. The fried calzone WAS TO DIE FOR! You have to taste this. The pasta was soooooo good. The cannolis were as good as everything that came before - just perfect. I mean it. You HAVE to try this place."
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 8 for Sal's Little Italy
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 12/12/2015
 2014
Dined on 12/12/2015
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 12/12/2015
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 9 for Sal's Little Italy
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

Dined on 12/12/2015
 2012
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Review 10 for Sal's Little Italy
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

the food is awful! No flavor, poor presentation

Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 11/14/2015
 2015
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Review 11 for Sal's Little Italy
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Best italian food in a long time

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Dined on 8/28/2015
 2015
Dined on 8/28/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Best lasagna ever. Every family member happy. Great service."
Dined on 8/28/2015
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining
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Review 12 for Sal's Little Italy
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Unique experience to be unwelcomed

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/26/2015
 2015
Dined on 8/26/2015
 2015
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"The first sentence the waitress said was " what's wrong with you people? There are all empty tables there and you picked the only one 'reserved'?!". I reserved a table so how do I know? Then before we left she came "book a table for 3, n 2 came, n only one ate, what can I say?" well, what can I say?"
Dined on 8/26/2015
 2015
Special Features: notable wine list
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Review 13 for Sal's Little Italy
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Feels authentic.

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We dined on the sidewalk at Sal's in Little Italy. There was a group of family or friends next to us having an animated conversation in Italian. It was entertaining and completed the feeling of authenticity. The food was wonderful, and the service was very attentive."
Dined on 8/21/2015
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining
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Review 14 for Sal's Little Italy
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 4/24/2015
 2014
Dined on 4/24/2015
 2014
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
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Quiet
Quiet
"First time there, pizza is good... Calzone is huge and delicious.. Very causal dinning"
Dined on 4/24/2015
 2014
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Review 15 for Sal's Little Italy
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 5/01/2015
 2014
Dined on 5/01/2015
 2014
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 5/01/2015
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 16 for Sal's Little Italy
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 12/13/2014
 2011
Dined on 12/13/2014
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Great Hosts.
Very accommodating
Had a great time
Food was delicious
Fried calzone is a must try
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Dined on 12/13/2014
 2011
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Review 17 for Sal's Little Italy
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Very good pizza

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Dined on 1/24/2015
 2005
Dined on 1/24/2015
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"I'm a fan of the pizza (margarita) and the fried calzones. Good options"
Dined on 1/24/2015
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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Review 18 for Sal's Little Italy
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

More than good pizza

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/22/2015
 2005
Dined on 1/22/2015
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Sal's has been around forever and been consistent through the years. No-frills with good food.
Not only do we like popping by for the fantastic fried calzone (not many places authentically fry the calzones..... but they do....ad we can vouch it is worth the calories), but also for an entree of good homemade, basic Italian food -- particularly the chicken marsala (my favorite.) Even though it is not the biggest restaurant in the neighborhood, we have still come to the restaurant with a large group for lunch and dinner. Pizzas are really good -- and rival most pizza places in the area, including Lombardi's. Seriously, the calzones are really that good...."
Dined on 1/22/2015
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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Ratings-Only Reviews for Sal's Little Italy
Based on the average of (3) ratings-only reviews
Overall 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
3 out of 3 recommend this product