The secret is out about this darkly minimalist restaurant’s happy hour, which lasts from 4 to 6:30 weekdays and starts at 3 on weekends. It’s not limited to booze: You can dig into the kitchen’s terrific thin-crust pies at a deep discount. Perhaps because of this, Ghibellina’s dining room is comparatively under the radar. That’s your gain on busy 14th Street nights or anytime you have a hankering for simple, olive-oil-and-herb-heavy Italian fare. Grilled meats come out particularly well, and the half chicken—cooked under a brick until its skin is extra-crispy—is worth a visit all by itself.
Don’t miss: Arugula salad; cheese and salumi boards; sweet-potato gnocchi with goat cheese; lamb-blade steak; Clam pizza; sausage-and-provolone pizza.