Restaurant Spotlight: La Follia
Restaurant Spotlight: La Follia

About La Follia

Opened in December 2010 La Follia specializes in Italian cuisine with a focus on rustic cooking, the staples of Italian cooking, and a full featured wine bar offering over 80 different types of wine available. La Follia is owned and operated by local Gramercy Park residents Suzanne and Mario Riva.

The Menu

The menu at La Follia serves classic Italian dishes such as salumi, salads, pastas and also chicken, beef and fish dishes. The full menu includes such dishes as:

  • Antipasti dishes including those with marinated olives, eggplant caponata, chicken, red pepper, and other vegetable themed antipasti meals.

  • Paninis come with insalata mista and are available in vegetarian, pork, and caprese options.

  • Pastas include spaghetti dishes such as those served with a pomodoro (tomato based) sauce, a bolognese (meat based) sauce, and spaghetti alle vongole a very popular spaghetti and clam dish. Other pastas include orecchiette, agnolotti, cavatappi, and a pappardelle with braised pork ragu.  

  • Other entries covering a wide range of tastes are available these include baked eggplant parmigiana, herb roasted chicken, a gorgonzola hamburger, braised short ribs, and hamburger steak. If you like seafood pan roasted rainbow trout and atlantic salmon are expertly prepared choices.

  • For a light meal or lunch there are smaller plates available. Rib plates, polenta, meatballs, calamari, and Fried Fontina Risotto Balls are all excellent choices for a quick meal.  

  • Other menu choices include various salads and appetizers of meats, cheeses, and crostini. Side vegetable dishes cooked in classic Italian styles are also available to accessorize any meal.    

  • Also of note the brunch menu adds breakfast dishes such as omelettes, toasts, pancakes, and brunch cocktails such as the Bloody Mary.


La Follia aside from its wide selection of classic Italian foods also has an extensive wine list. Twenty five wines are available for purchase by the glass and rightly more can be bought by the bottle. Wine selection includes white wines and red wines from all parts of Italy and the highest quality wines from around central and western Europe.    

Special Events

As you can see La Follia offers a selection of the best foods and wines Italy has to offer all served in a relaxing environment. If you want to book La Follia for a special occasion or group event there are several options available. Parties of 8 to 16 guests can have a special group party event complete with a specialized party menu. For larger gatherings 35 seat private dining is available with the Osteria offering a relaxing dining experience and the Enoteca offering a relaxing wine bar. Lastly for very large events of up to 75 people the entire restaurant can be reserved for a one of a kind event.    

Stuyvesant Town

Located in Gramercy nearby 3rd Avenue La Follia is an easy 10 minute walk away for residents of the Stuyvesant Town. If you are looking for a warm and inviting restaurant offering a selection of fine Italian dining La Follia should be on your list of restaurants to visit. Visit the StuyTown website for more information on our no fee rentals in the heart of Manhattan.