With its tucked-away alcoves and ruddy brick walls, this rowhouse is one of the more romantic addresses in the 14th Street corridor. But it’s not just about atmosphere. There are excellent cocktails, especially if you’re a fan of herbal flavors and amari; a prodigious roster of Italian meats and cheeses, including obscurities such as salty Moliterno cheese from Basilicata; and a wealth of fresh pastas. We like to kick things off with cipolla, a grilled onion stuffed with a gooey “fondue” of cheeses studded with olives. Bread comes with it, but it’s the sort of thing that begs for a spoon.
Don’t miss: Paccheri carbonara with seafood; garganelli with rabbit ragu; grilled branzino; sirloin with arugula pesto; Brussels sprouts with mortadella; crispy polenta; coffee ice cream With Nutella; “Rye Bandit” cocktail.