170 Thompson St.
Roman-style osteria beloved for peerless antipasti and pasta.
240 W. 14th St.
Frank Crispo’s handiwork tastes even better than it sounds on the menu.
88 Second Ave.
A cramped kitchen finesses sprightly salads and succulent ragùs.
1274 Amsterdam Ave at 123rd St.
A relaxing red-sauce beacon in Morningside Heights.
156 E. 2nd St.
Frank’s spiffy spinoff showcases northern-Italian fare and nightly specials.
240 Park Ave. So.
Tortellini, tortelloni, and some of the best lasagne around.
Locanda Vini & Olii
129 Gates Ave., Brooklyn
A trip to Tuscany without the jet lag, and great Virginia house wine.
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95 Avenue A
1262 Amsterdam Ave.
1814 Second Ave.