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da Toscano’s Michael Toscano Has a Soft Spot for the Luger Burger and Katz’s Pastrami


To-Go Takes is Resy’s regular feature wherein we quiz the folks behind some of our favorite restaurants about all things related to takeout. 

In this edition, we speak to Michael Toscano, the chef and owner of his eponymous regional Italian restaurant, da Toscano, currently open for outdoor and indoor dining, pickup, and delivery. Below, he shares some of his favorite takeout tips, tricks, cocktails, and regular stops.

Restaurant: da Toscano
Name + Title: Michael Toscano, Chef & Owner

Resy: What’s your favorite dish from da Toscano’s takeout menu?
Toscano: The spaghetti with shrimp, chorizo, escarole, and jalapeño pesto.

Where are you getting takeout from and what are you ordering?
— Katz’s: Pastrami on rye.
Parm: The chicken parm platter.
Peter Luger: The burger.

Best tip to amp up your takeout?
Order your steak a temp under and not sliced, and give it a fresh sear to enjoy it piping hot like you’re in the restaurant. Plan ahead for breakfast or lunch. I always turn my leftover Katz’s pastrami into pastrami and egg breakfast tacos.

What’s your favorite place for cocktails to go?
da Toscano and Dante.

What single restaurant dish would you walk miles for?
Tacos from Birria-Landia.

What do you miss the most about restaurants?
The experience, human interaction, the camaraderie.  

What can’t you wait for?
This shit to be over.

da Toscano is open for outdoor and indoor dining Tuesday through Saturday. Call 212-606-4054 for da Toscano takeout and order delivery here.