Current (Dining) Obsession: Lugo Caffé


When in Rome you eat like the Roman’s, right? So when you’re in NYC, don’t eat in the tourist traps.

During a recent romp around the city, my family and I discovered a delicious hidden gem poised to be our newest favorite; a family-friendly classic Italian eatery that had my husband and I high-fived each other across the table.

The restaurant is Lugo Caffé and it’s a super charming spot that serves up some good old fashion classic Italian food that both adults and kids will love.

If you’re heading to The Garden  with family or friends to see a show or catch a game (yay, hockey’s back!) then by all means, plan a Lugo Caffé visit.  It’s located directly across Madison Square Garden and Penn Station so it’s a perfect place to grab some drinks, appetizers, or dinner. The atmosphere is vibrant and bustling (the space is designed to capture Italian café culture), the prices are affordable (Margherita Pizza, $13) and the service is stellar. 

With a last name like mine, when it comes to Italian food, it’s got to be good. Dare I say I’m still obsessing over my dinner there?  We went absolutely gaga over Lugo’s meatballs, homemade pasta, pizza, chicken parm and decadent desserts.  If that’s not enough to win your hungry heart, Lugo has incredible housemade (must-try, $15) mozzarella bar. Go, go, go!

1 Penn Plaza


Chime in: What’s your go-to NYC Italian restaurant?

~Janene Mascarella

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Janene Mascarella is a freelance lifestyle journalist. Her work has been published in The Washington Post, CNN Money, Newsday, Self, Glamour, Health, Cosmopolitan, Cooking Light, Women’s Health, Woman’s Day, American Baby, BabyTalk, Parenting, Parents, Family Circle, AARP Bulletin, American Way and many more. She is the beauty editor of BELLA Magazine.

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