Celebrating 30 Years
Arte Cafe on the Upper West Side is located in a landmark brownstone, steps away from Central Park and just west of beautiful Strawberry Fields. Celebrating 26 years of service, this family-owned restaurant presents an upscale Italian cuisine with artisanal homemade pizzas and gourmet desserts.
We are proud to use the highest quality ingredients in our signature dishes. We cook with Partanna Extra Virgin Olive Oil originating from Partanna, Sicily. Our chicken is Bell and Evans Air Chilled Free Range Organic Chicken. Our meats are supplied by world renowned Pat la Freida meats. We import our Prosciutto from Italy. Our Parmigiano is aged 24 months. We use San Marzano tomatoes from the southern region of Italy. Our pastas are DeCecco pastas from Abruzzo, Italy. All of our salads are made with Frantoia Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Sicily, as well as served table side. These ingredients and many more are carefully selected by the owners and chefs.
We have private event rooms available for special occasions at all budgets. All areas accommodate small intimate parties and larger events.
Arte Cafe opened 30 years ago, however it all began when Dina Malta came to New York all the way from Italy in the 1960's. When her son, Robert, was a student in college, he opened his first restaurant in the early 1990's. With the help of his mother, he was able to run the location effectively. All of the original recipes, that are still used today, were created by her. "She had such a strong presence and always made sure the staff was cooking everything with the freshest, authentic ingredients", said her son, Robert. He recalled a time when one of the chefs in the kitchen wanted to use mozzarella on the dish, 'Chicken Parmigiana'. She said the dish is called 'Chicken Parmigiana' for a reason and you are supposed to use parmesan cheese. She always made sure every dish was made correctly and by hand. Although Dina has recently passed, her spirit lives on through Arte Cafe and the recipes today.