Mon-Thu, 4pm-2am; Fri, noon-4am; Sat, 10:30am-4am; Sun, 10:30am-2am
F, V at Lower East Side-Second Ave.
Canal St. to 14th St., Ave. D to Broadway
Good news for fans of this perennially cramped East Village pizzeria: Downtown tycoon Frank Prisinzano has annexed the space next door, where he’s built a new bar and dining room in his inimitable punk-rock-meets-grandma's-chandelier style. The limited menu offers six simple pastas; terrific, tender fried calamari and zucchini; Uncle Joe's chicken; and two more opportunities for Prisinzano (often seen wearing a BIG MEATBALL T-shirt) to show off his ground-beef handiwork: polpettini with spaghetti in a rich ragu, and a "pizza burger," essentially a meatball hero—and a good one—on a ciabatta roll.Extra
Reservations are accepted for parties of 6 or more only.