America's 40 Best Italian Restaurants

Apr 18, 2014 666

by Arthur Bovino

"A bottle of red, a bottle of white. It all depends upon your appetite," someone famous once crooned sometime, somewhere on the radio during more than seven minutes of piano-filled airtime. "I'll meet you any time you want in our Italian restaurant."

Brenda and Eddie may have parted the closest of friends, but America's love affair with Italian food will never end. And whereas the king and the queen of the prom's ideas of an Italian restaurant may conjure images of red- and white-checkered tablecloths, Chianti carafes, and red sauce-heavy plates, contemporary Americans' tastes are more complicated.

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