Madeline’s Italian Restaurant serves the kind of meals Grandmom used to make. The family-owned eatery has been preparing delicious lasagna, ravioli and stuffed shells since it opened 49 years ago. As far as specials go, Madeline’s eggplant Parmigiana is the best anywhere. Appetizers such as bacon-wrapped scallops, oven roasted peppers and sautéed broccoli rabe are tops.
We know, we know. We write about the parking lot at Madeline’s Italian Restaurant every year. (Ever try to park in Little Italy? A parking lot is a big deal.) But we get a little nutty about the specials, especially the eggplant Parmigiana. Why? It’s one of the few that’s made the real way—by baking layers and layers of cheese and thinly sliced eggplant, not slathering tomato sauce over a fried slab with melted cheese. Call ahead. It sells out quickly. And the portions are huge, so don’t fill up at the salad bar.