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Isola on Columbus

Isola is Italian for island. “A lot of people don’t realize that Italy is made up of islands like Sicily” says owner and long time neighborhood resident Sebastiano Cappitta, “and here at Isola we bring Sicilian cuisine to the island of Manhattan.” With a traditional style wood burning brick oven and all pasta dishes made fresh in-house, we are glad he did and encourage you to visit this Bloomingdale gem.

“A lot of people don’t realize that Italy is made up of islands like Sicily and here at Isola we bring Sicilian cuisine to the island of Manhattan.”

Though it opened in the Fall of 2013, Sebastiano opened the original Isola in 1991 down on 83rd and Columbus. After closing in 2007, the former resident of 110th Street saw their current space on 109th and Columbus as “a great opportunity to bring simple affordable Italian food to the neighborhood.” He’s in good company, right across the street from newcomers MBV, and he and manager Gaspare di Fede enjoy eating at neighbors Freda’s and taking out from Saiguette.

With its open design, corner location, and 18-seat sidewalk café, Isola is a great destination on the northern end of Columbus Avenue. The more modern version focuses on “light cooking and healthy alternatives” with an Island cuisine that will seem both familiar and inviting. Like one of Sebastiano’s other restaurants Arco, Isola also offers a great brunch menu that includes a Mimosa, Bellini, or Bloody Mary.

Isola on Columbus
994 Columbus Avenue
(212) 665-2970
Sicilian Italian Restaurant
50 seats inside/18 seats outside
Happy Hour Drink Specials M-F, Brunch 11-4 Weekends/Holidays includes drink

feature by: Alex Zamudio

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