Sun-Thu, 5:30pm-10pm; Fri-Sat, 5:30pm-11:30pm
4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R at 14th St.-Union Sq.
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19th St. to 28th St., Park Ave. to 1st Ave.
Husband-and-wife team Mario and Suzanne Riva, the duo behind Candela and the now-shuttered Irving Mill, opened this low-key Italian osteria in the heart of their Gramercy neighborhood. Catering to a decidedly local clientele, the simple, rustic feel of the exposed brick walls, dark wood paneling, Edison light bulbs, and marble tabletops complements the casual, reasonably priced, rustic Italian fare. Though the unassuming menu includes a variety of choices—arancini, calamari, salumi, fromaggi, eggplant parmigiana, and grilled hanger steak—the crostini and the pastas are the restaurant's more reliable dishes, notably the creamy burrata; olive oil and sea salt crostini; and the tender, housemade pappardelle with braised-pork ragu. A full bar offers a selection of Italian wines, of which the Lambrusco is light and refreshing, an enjoyable accompaniment to a casual alfresco meal in the neighborhood.Recommended Dishes
Burrata, olive oil & sea salt crostini, $6; house-made papardelle with braised pork ragu, $15; baked eggplant parmigiana, $15