Petaluma: "Child - Friendly UES Italian" Petaluma Tip by nicolaitan

Petaluma, New York City: 1 reviews and 1 photos


Sometimes it seems every block on the Upper East Side has an upscale Italian restaurant - in many ways Petaluma is similar to the rest. It is named for some reason after a river in California - a topographic map of this river has a place of honor over the urinal. The decor is simple but pleasing, the tables are far enough apart to breathe, and the service is always friendly. The extensive menu features all the usual suspects with a few specialty dishes like chicken in mustard sauce and some interesting pastas. Prices are typical - appetizers $8-12, pizzas $15, entrees largely about $25 except for steaks and veal dishes. There is a nice selection of fish dishes as well. We often opt for pizza and salad rather than heavier meals here. We eat here frequently and the full entrees are also excellent. The martinis are at least adequate if not distinguished.

Favorite Dish: There are 2 special features making Petaluma a little different than its many UES siblings --

1 - a real wood burning pizza oven turning out superb thin crust pizzas - there is usually a complex daily special added to the usual list of margheritas, multi-cheese, pepperoni, sausage, and ham offerings. Light, ideal for sharing, these are good pies.

2 - Petaluma is extremely chld friendly, welcoming toddlers and young children unlike almost all the other places. High chairs, an area for strollers off to the side, special menus, and special care with rushed orders for the impatient. The maitre d' loves children, visits the tables regularly. In and of itself, this elevated Petaluma to rare status. Try dragging your 2 year old brat into Primola and check out the un-welcome you receive.

Address: 1356 First Avenue, New York City 10021
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: on the southeast corner at 73rd Street
Phone: 212 772 8800
Price: US$31-40
Rating: 5
Theme: Italian

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 10, 2006
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