Skip to content, or skip to search.

Skip to content, or skip to search.

Home > Restaurants > Col Legno

Col Legno

231 E. 9th St., New York, NY 10003 40.729769 -73.988542
nr. Stuyvesant St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-777-4650 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price Range: $$

    Key to Prices and ratings

    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
  • Reader Rating: Write a Review

Share this listing

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at Astor Pl.; N, R at 8th St.-NYU



Payment Methods

American Express


  • Beer and Wine Only




This venue is closed.

Col legno means "with the wood," an instruction to a violinist to use the wood of her bow to make a percussive sound. At the restaurant of the same name, the term describes how they cook, with a wood-burning oven. Hung on the yellow brick walls is a revolving exhibit of paintings—an often striking visual counterpart for the clean, simple Tuscan cuisine. Both pastas and grilled meats are guilelessly prepared with olive oil and fresh herbs, be it the Carciofi alla Guidia, a Roman dish translated as artichokes in the Jewish style or the Pappardelle al Cinghiale, fresh wide noodles with a hearty, spicy sauce of ground wild boar. Where herbs are noted on the menu, they are always fresh, and provide the dominant flavor notes as is certainly the case with Tagliatelle al Funghi, an earthy blend of housemade pasta in which thin ribbons are mixed with wild mushrooms and sprigs of fresh mint. With menu items topping out under $20 for a nicely charred grilled steak, Col Legno is a terrific bargain.

Recommended Dishes

Carciofi alla giudia, $8.95; trota l'Umbra, $14.95; pappardelle al cinghiale, $15.95