Mon-Thu, noon-2:30pm and 5pm-10pm; Fri, noon-2:30pm and 5pm-11pm; Sat, noon-2:30pm and 4pm-11pm; Sun, closed
B, D at 182nd-183rd Sts.
With pastas hovering in the teens and entrées breaking the $20 barrier, this festive macaroni mecca near Arthur Avenue doesn't seem particularly cheap—until the waiter begins spooning pasta into plates family-style, with a flourish that puts Carmine's to shame. Roberto's is great for dates, but as the rustic farmhouse tables and the massive portions attest, the more the merrier. Order like the regulars do, off the specials blackboard, and you might find yourself on the receiving end of corkscrew-shaped pasta cooked in foil that sails to the table like a schooner, full of juicy cherry tomatoes, earthy porcini, and rich ricotta. The pollo caprese is a plate-eclipsing chicken cutlet under a blanket of diced tomatoes and dabs of melted mozzarella, enough protein to feed a family of four.Recommended Dishes
Cotoletta di pollo alla Caprese, $21