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6 at 33rd St.
American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
- Business Lunch
- Beer and Wine Only
24th St. to 44th St., York Ave. to Fifth Ave.
This venue is closed.
How much you enjoy this casual, pint-sized Italian restaurant will likely have to do with your neighbors. The tables are so closely packed together that you can't help overhearing your fellow diners' conversation—so if you're surrounded by happy chatter you might absorb the prevailing good mood, but if your neighbors are irritable or rowdy, they could sour your experience. A tinted mirror on one wall reflects the black-and-white photos opposite. Still, reasonable prices and hefty portions of pan-Italian dishes have spawned a steady customer base. At lunch, local office types file in for the prix fixe specials; neighborhood 30- and 40-somethings drift in for dinner. Nuanced, seasonal cooking this is not. Among the appetizers, for instance, are breaded, fried cheese ravioli and servings of substantially sliced prosciutto. The bruschetta topping is strongly flavored with basil and is slick with olive oil. Pastas are similarly heavy-handed. The rigatoni's four-cheese sauce, for instance, conveys only two flavors: the creaminess of fontina and the sharpness of Parmesan. Desserts are mostly sticky-sweet; the apple tart is refreshing for its accompanying cinnamon gelato.Recommended Dishes
Bruschetta, $4.95; fettuccini alla Bolognese, $10.95
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