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55 E. Houston St. New York, NY 10012 | Nolita | 212-274-8881

Location Description:

This ancient Italian beanery has remade itself into a modern restaurant, with romantic flickering candles and a new green-and-buff sandpapered wall treatment. The food is much better than it needs to be, featuring generous appetizers of fried zucchini and red-sauced tripe. Pastas remain the center of the menu, and you need make no apology about treating them as your main course. Best are tagliatelle in a rich porcini sauce and spaghetti alla matriciani, and in the Italian-American manner, there are four other choices featuring spaghetti. Our favorite secondi, hands down, are a stunning eight-chop rack of lamb and a humble platter of plump grilled sausages sided with broccoli rabe.

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  • Cuisine(s): Italian
  • Hours: Sun-Thu 12pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 12am-12pm
  • Price: $$$
  • Serving: Dinner, Lunch
  • Reservations: Accepted, Recommended for Large Parties
  • Parking: No Parking
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards
  • Features: Private Party, Prix Fixe, Vegetarian Friendly

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