MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View
Push through the dark red velvet curtain into Rubirosa’s narrow, dimly lit dining room to discover how very cool nonna can be. Although it may be loud and cramped with the requisite 80’s tunes blaring overhead, this adept Italian-American kitchen is bright with classic dishes and an heirloom Staten Island pizza recipe that’s 57-years-old and counting. The classic pie balances a crispy, cracker-thin crust with tart tomato sauce and oven-browned spots of salty, melting mozzarella. And the handmade pastas are highly recommended-you can't go wrong with a bowl of chewy chittara and its three hefty and hearty meatballs. Half portions allow diners to enjoy more of the favorable cooking here, and gluten-free pasta and pizza ensure everyone can enjoy it.