Daily, noon-3pm and 5pm-10pm
6 at 68th St.-Hunter College
American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
61st St. to 81st St., FDR Dr. to Fifth Ave.
When a restaurant is owned by the Dorias, the family behind Grace's Marketplace—and its namesake is a member of the Balducci dynasty—the neighborhood expects certain things: top-notch ingredients, classic Italian recipes, and unthreatening contemporary tweaks to the food. Sure enough, that's what Grace's Trattoria offers, although with a hit-and-miss delivery. In a packed pair of exposed-brick rooms decorated with black-and-white family photographs and a mural of the shop around the corner, chef Joseph Trama serves up classic thin-crust margherita
pizza, New York's
own comfort food, and a mushroom version with chorizo and cilantro. Given
Grace's pedigree, it's a surprise when a dish lets you down, but the best
selections, like five plump, sweetly caramelized pan-seared scallops daubed
with a tangy lemon aioli, are a definite score.
Classic cheese pizza, $16