268 6th Avenue,
Phone: (212) 982-3300
This West Village Italian restaurant is so confident in its cooking and appeal that it doesn’t feel the need for a website. Why should it? It’s always packed with locals, tourists, and celebrities alike who happily come to sit on green plastic chairs along the sidewalk in the warmer months. They’re not reinventing the wheel, but they do traditional dishes like eggplant parmigiana, veal meatballs and veal milanese. Keep an eye out for the specials blackboard. Passed from table to table, the best dishes are scribbled on their blackboard in Italian and translated by the servers. Go out of your way to eat here in late August & early September for spaghetti with a peerless pesto.
Don’t Miss Dish: Pesto Pasta, veal meatballs, eggplant parmigiana
Drink This: Your basic, old school Italian wine list
Occasion: Sunday night supper, outdoor dining, casual bite.