Best Cheap Pasta Lunch, East Side (2008)

Caffe Buon Gustpo

I almost didn't notice it, squeezed mid-block between apartment buildings and shops, but a small terrace with a few chairs and tables signals CAFFE BUON GUSTO, the East Side branch of a minichain purveying pasta with flair. The surroundings are simple, but with just enough decorative touches to make you feel you've wandered into a trattoria on a Roman side street. The $6.95 lunch special is a salad and a heaping bowl of pasta with a selection of sauces ranging from pesto to amatriciana—all simple, all well done, all tasty.


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