Ballato's is my hands-down favorite Italian place in New York.  There are so many great places but Ballato's tops them all...unassuming entrance off Houston near the craziness of Little Italy, great lighting, fun servers, amazing food and wine.  The recent celebrity autograph wall (Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Neil Patrick Harris, Rihanna and many more) reveals that Ballato's is no longer a hidden secret.  But you can still always walk right in and get a table even if it's a supremely busy Friday night.

We have recently been hosting dinners around the world that we call "Good People: Great Dinner." So far these dinners have been hosted in L.A., San Francisco, Austin, London, Dubai and now New York.  Ballato's set up this great table for our dinner. We love them.