Mon-Thu, 5pm-11pm; Fri-Sat, 5pm-midnight; Sun, 5pm-10:30pm
4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R at 14th St.-Union Sq.; L at Third Ave.
Named for the humble Roman pasta dressed simply but satisfyingly with pecorino and pepper, this East Village trattoria puts its own spin on the genre with a dish like monkfish saltimbocca. But it's the exceptional pastas that make the strongest impression, along with the abundantly friendly service and homey vibe. There's a garden out back, and inside, an even rarer find: plenty of space between tables.