Formerly the site of a 110 year old butcher shop, 113 Mulberry Street, in lower Manhattan now houses an extraordinary unique Italian cafe and restaurant, which boasts the only outdoor garden cafe for dining in New York City's Little Italy. Besides a full menu of suitable for lunch or a special romantic dinner, it also has a large assortment of Italian pastries, cannolis, frozen desserts and gelato are truly dazzling. A favorite stop during the San Gennaro Feast, held every September, that famous brand of Cha Cha's Sausage with its perfect blend of spices, is known far and wide. Cha Cha's Gelato is considered the best west of Rome Italy.It's clientele which, on any given night could include such luminaries as Danny De Vito, Tony Danza, Jimmy Caan, Tommy Lasorda, Howard Stern, Danny Aiello, Michael Douglas, Vito Anturfermo, Leonard DiCaprio and Rosie and Chuck Mangione name just a few.
The owner, John Ciarcia, known affectionately by all his friends and associates as Cha Cha. He displays a personality and presence which perfectly suites this highly charged establishment. He feverishly works the room as if playing an accordion, dashing back and forth, greeting guests, rearranging tables and adjusting the music, all in an effort to make everyone as comfortable and as happy as possible. There is a definite commitment to please and an atmosphere of fun times and good people.
The name, IN BOCCA AL LUPO, is unique in itself. In Italian, this means "In The Mouth of Wolf," which signifies "break a leg" in show biz terms. The proper response to this is "Crepe Al Lupo", which means "I Take The Wolf." And so, it seems, that a most fitting name has been placed atop the address at 113 Mulberry Street . Anyone prepared to "Take The Wolf" should pay a visit and experience the scene for themselves.