Neighborhood: Lower East Side
173 Ludlow St New York, NY 10002
Mood: Cheap Italian fare that’s incredibly edible.
Tastes Like: generic home made spaghetti I could make at home, but one of those nights where you are too lazy to actually make. The appetizers stole the thunder here and outshines my pasta dish by a gazillion wads. Loads to choose from, which made it very difficult to just pick 1-2. We finally decided on the fried artichokes, beets with goat cheese, tuna tar-tare that I otherwise, would probably not make at home. My ever so humble date enjoyed his pappardelle with lamb. Fortunate for him the pasta was freshly made. I’ve been forewarned though, so my expectation dropped tenfold. I liked the menu selection… just have to figure out what’s fresh and what’s not fresh. This place has got plenty room for improvement. Hence, all the recession specials marketed here.
Must Haves: fried artichokes .. delish!! (most of their small apps are better than the entree)
Stay Away: depending on what day it is.. stay away from the tuna tar-tare …. would also advise against the spaghetti
Ambiance: I actually dig the ambiance. It was cute, intimate and enough to comfort two heartwarming souls.
Service: Kinda quick. Kinda slow. Kinda kooky. Know what I mean?
Rating: 3 stars (I left here content, what can I say)
Caveat: I guess you have to know what to order here. They have unlimited champagne brunch specials and Monday specials for all you can drink sangrias and eat spaghetti. I suggest you pass on the spaghetti and go for the sangria. Be mild with the carbs, aggressive with the alcohol.