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264 Irving Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11237 40.69967 -73.915861
nr. Menahan St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-381-2699 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price Range: $$

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Tue-Thu, noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm; Fri, noon-3pm, 6pm-11:30pm; Sat, noon-3pm, 5:30pm-11:30pm; Sun, Fri, noon-3pm, 5:30pm-10pm; Mon, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

M at Knickerbocker Ave.; L, M at Myrtle-Wyckoff Aves.



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • BYOB
  • Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Reservations Not Required


  • No Alcohol
  • BYOB




A small crew runs this tiny Italian-inspired pasta joint just around the corner from Boobie Trap. It’s obvious just how small the place is from the front window, which gives full view of the kitchen. The dining room is intimate, but not cramped, and dimly candlelit; during the winter, those sitting at tables nearest the door will want to eat their pasta fast lest it cools owing to gusts from the entrance. Those seated further back will have more time to look at the chalkboard, with its depictions of pasta shapes used in dishes, and better savor a very rich amuse-bouche of fluffy Parmesan and heavy cream topped with microgreens. They’ll also be able to more slowly enjoy the glazed-pork-rib appetizer, which has to be shared because of its abundance and sheer deliciousness. Really, though, diners might not need that extra time come the pasta: handmade and al dente, the duck ragù pappardelle could use a touch more sauce, but the addition of black raisins is wonderfully creative. The squid-ink pappardelle hit with ’nduja and just-cooked shrimp is briny and spicy. Truthfully, neither will be there for long.

Recommended Dishes

Glazed pork ribs, $14; squid ink pappardelle, $18; duck ragu, $17