Mon-Thu, 11:30am-11pm; Fri, 11:30am-midnight; Sat, 10:30am-midnight; Sun, 10:30am-11pm
R at Union St.; F, G, R at Fourth Ave.-9th St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
This Italian bistro from the owners of the popular Sotto Voce down the street has a no frills formula that helps keeps prices down on its extensive menu of simple dishes. Appetizers highlight a small number of fresh ingredients with options like sautéed artichokes, baked eggs with tomato sauce, and a cutting board of cured meats shaved to order on the in-house slicer. Entrees follow suit; beet gnocchi with goat cheese, shallots and arugula, and a saltimbocca of two pork tenderloins folded over prosciutto and sage and simmered in lemon juice and white wine make the most of bold flavors. Simplicity reigns décor-wise as well; two exposed brick walls and another painted a pale apricot are bare. The granite topped bar spans the length of the room and large French windows open out onto the bustling sidewalk. One caveat: Tiramisu may seem to be the most instinctive dessert choice, but it’s as dry as day-old birthday cake. The fruit tarts topped with homemade whipped cream and fresh blueberries are a better option.Recommended Dishes
Caprese salad, $6.95; saltimbocca alla Romana, $12.95