Artisanal pizza and wine bar Donna Margherita—named after the daisy flower—is a new 30-seat, bi-level restaurant on the Upper East Side.
Chef Rosanna Di Michele grew up helping her parents in their family pizzeria in Abruzzo, Italy. The pizza is Neapolitan, with offerings such as the Vedova Bianca (mozzarella, ricotta, radicchio, and walnuts) and the signature Donna Margherita (buffalo mozzarella, tomato “filetto,” and pecorino). The menu also offers classics from Melanzane Alla Parmigiana (eggplant mozzarella and tomato sauce) to Penne Arrabbiata O Al Pomodoro (penne in a spicy homemade tomato sauce).
Some dishes come from Di Michele’s childhood, including the Lasagne della Nonna, part of a Sunday family ritual. Her mother would make the ragu and her grandmother would make the pasta. “I would assist them by grating the cheese. When I was 8 years old, I began to make my first lasagna under the supervision of my mother and grandmother, and it remains to this day an everlasting memory,” Di Michele said.
Prior to taking on the executive chef position at Donna Margherita, Di Michele was working as a private chef and an ambassador for culinary traditions and products from the Abruzzo region.
Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Takeout, delivery, and catering available.
1304A Second Ave. (between East 68th & East 69th streets)
Upper East Side