More than 35 years ago, Don Filippo’s opened its doors on the Upper East Side. The small storefront on Lexington Avenue is still deceptive of the herculean activity inside. By day, the busy takeout counter whirls with the language of New York City convenience, but those who stop in for dinner find an understated gem. Tables in the back of the small restaurant open for languorous meals conceived by Phil, “Filippo,” Arcara. Don Filippo’s is a spot to grab a slice of delicious pizza made in the style of the old-New York greats. You’ll not find better salads, sandwiches, specialty pies, and pastas in the area or for the price. It is a great marriage of convenience and slower culture, where delivered meals are treated with the love shown to meals made at home with family.
It is a spot to bring a crowd looking to enjoy an expansive Italian menu – from the one who strictly orders their entree “alla parmigiana,” or those willing to try a Sicilian dish they’ve never seen before. It is for the adventurous eater willing, after a lengthy conversation about the old-world with Phil, to trust him to rustle around the kitchen and come out with a dish that reminds him of home. By day it is for someone with no time, and by night, with all the time in the world. If Phil is not there, talk with Sal, his brother-in-law and manager, or with Maria, the restaurant’s long-time waitress and friend.
Take a trip to Italy or take a trip to the back table, where you’ll be welcomed to treats like small panini sandwiches bathed in garlic sauce and baked on knotted bread, to hearty pastas and generous seafood favorites that favor another glass of wine. Even if you pass by every day, we know that sometimes life gets in the way of a visit. Don Filippo’s offers full-service catering and free delivery service, and will come to set up your event with specialty settings and a personal commitment to your party’s success. By contracting with us, it means you are working directly with the owner and his family who are proud of this work and their food. Keep us in mind for your office parties, events, and not least importantly, for dinner! Don Filippo’s is glad to work with you personally to create a wonderful experience.
Stop by, say hello, and absorb decades of meals and stories laid deep within the restaurant.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Warm Regards, Ci Vediamo,