1, A, B, C, D at 59th St.-Columbus Circle
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42nd St. to 66th St., Fifth Ave. to West Side Hwy.
This venue is closed.
Literally and stylistically, the loud and bustling Puttanesca really gets around. The interior design represents a geographic hodgepodge: Rustic exposed brick, slate floors, and a hanging bust of Buddha. The menu presents a mixed bag of fairly predictable tricks, with eclectic and multi-ingredient pan-Italian dishes, including dried and fresh pastas in a variety of rich sauces, and roasted, braised, and sautéed meat and fish. Passon gives us the greatest hits of the traditional Italian-American trattoria as well: fried calamari, chicken Parmesan, and spaghetti and meatballs. The fresh homemade pastas are the main attraction; the tender gnocchi is done-up classic with tomatoes, basil and mozzarella. And the pink vodka sauce gives the ravioli with goat cheese a sublime pool to bathe in. Named after the pasta sauce that's derived from the Italian word for whore, the restaurant aims to seduce. For most, it does the trick.Recommended Dishes
Ravioli alla vodka, $15; Bronzino Marechiaro, $23