An old world Italian restaurant that's perfect for a relaxed drink at the bar, or a full-on feast of Italian classics. Try the oven baked clams or the papardelle for a real treat.Listen, we heart New York. But sometimes you just need a quiet little place to get away from it all. To sit and grab a drink in a relaxed little spot and read, or think, or talk baseball. Imagine our relief when we wandered into Aleo and found quite possibly our new sanctuary. An Italian restaurant that harkens back to the good old days of customer service, Aleo's staff is friendly and respectful. They'll either chat you up or leave you be, or if you catch owner Peter when he's not busy, talk baseball.
And if you want more than a drink? Covered. Stay at the bar and order from their starters menu, which includes salmon tartare, oven baked clams or a flatbread pizza. If you've come with friends, grab a table and order up fresh pastas like pappardelle, their homemade flat noodles, or shrimp risotto in a saffron cream sauce. Entrees include an herb-crusted veal chop, chicken capricciosa with cherry tomatoes and goat cheese crumbles, or a rib eye steak with balsamic gravy and a gorganzola/scallion twice baked potato. There's also an enclosed patio in the back for a little alfresco dining action that's great for private parties or, more simply, to get away from the fray.
Salmon Tartar, $10
Oven Baked Claims, $10
Chicken Capricciosa, $17
Mon.-Tue., 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Wed.-Fri., 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Sat.-Sun., 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.