Today's New York Post Gossip Column, contained the following item:
"Rave for Raffaele's"
"ThE many fans of Raffaele's, the superb little restaurant at First and 58th that pulls in all the Sutton Place crowd, won't know whether to curse or cheer food writer John Mariani's latest gourmet newsletter. Mariani says he's not one of those foodies who keeps favorite places to himself, so he raves about host Raffaele Esposito's well-kept secret. (The eatery is not even listed in the Zagat survey). "I'm ready to declare without flinching that Raffaele's is one of the best Italian restaurants in America," he writes.
After this blurb, I fear we'll never get our cozy corner table again."
As food critics go, I find Mariani fairly reliable. I ran the restaurant name on the Chowhound search function and found nothing. But in Nytoday.com there is an Italian restaurant of that name listed with no review associated with it.
Anyone out there know about this place?