N, R at 8th St.-NYU
American Express, MasterCard, Visa
Broome St. to 26th St., Third Ave. to Seventh Ave.
Mario Batali's most casual Italian restaurant is part buzzing wine bar, part glorified pizzeria, with an always appealing selection of fresh salads and smartly seasoned vegetable antipasti that arrive in small ceramic bowls on a snappy tray. True, we pine for the fritti Molto yanked from the menu to make room for the pasta people clamored for, but the pizza is indeed delish—thin-crusted, creatively topped, and cooked, ever so controversially among the Pizza Police, on a griddle. The gelati creations are sophisticated grown-up sundaes, anchoring this fun neighborhood hangout firmly in four-star territory.Wine Classes
"Otto Enoteca" actually means wine bar and offers over 700 types of Italian vino. The restaurant offers wine classes Tue, Sat, and Sun for $45 per person; check the website for further details.
For 12 people or more
Pasta alla Norma, $10
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|OTTO Vino Classes|