Mon, 5pm-10pm; Tue-Wed, 11:30am-10pm; Thu-Fri, 11:30am-11pm; Sat, 11am-11pm; Sun, 11am-10pm
B, Q at Seventh Ave.
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Union St./Eastern Pkwy. to Atlantic Ave., Franklin Ave. to Sixth Ave.
After opening what might be New York’s most idiosyncratic wine bar—Prospect Heights’ rustic Aliseo Osteria del Borgo—Albano Ballerini continued to remake burgeoning Vanderbilt Avenue in his own offbeat culinary image by opening Amorina. Ballerini’s family has been in the food business since his grandmother opened a café in the Marche region of Italy, and in her honor, he transformed a Brooklyn slice joint into a boutique pizzeria. The puffy, free-form pie toppings run the gamut from classic (tomatoes and mozzarella) to creative (dried cherries, nutmeg, orange peel, and crème fraîche). Homey pastas like spaghetti and meatballs perfectly suit the cozy room, which has been outfitted with red-checked-cloth-covered tables, salvaged menu boards, and Ballerini’s grandmother’s yellowing invoices and receipts.