New York, NY 10012
- Daily 12pm-11pm
- All Major Credit Cards
- Private Party, Prix Fixe, Vegetarian Friendly
- Dinner, Lunch
- Recommended for Large Parties, Accepted
- No Parking
Village Voice's Description
This ancient Italian beanery has remade itself into a modern restaurant, with romantic flickering candles and a new green-and-buff sandpapered wall treatment. The food is much better than it needs to be, featuring generous appetizers of fried zucchini and red-sauced tripe. Pastas remain the center of the menu, and you need make no apology about treating them as your main course. Best are tagliatelle in a rich porcini sauce and spaghetti alla matriciani, and in the Italian-American manner, there are four other choices featuring spaghetti. Our favorite secondi, hands down, are a stunning eight-chop rack of lamb and a humble platter of plump grilled sausages sided with broccoli rabe.
Tips from foursquare
When I'm craving fabulous Foccacia, Bolognese, and Cannolis – I go to Emilio's Ballato in NYC. – Chef Anne Thornton, Dessert First
Bikers, don't lock your bike outside on Ballato's bannister. These assholes will slash your tires without warning.
For a tasty (and affordable) white wine, opt for the Roero Arneis. The arneis grape variety, native to Piedmont, delivers good acidity, bright fruit, a bit of smoke, and a distinct mineral streak.
The best meatballs I've ever had...ever. Sorry grandma.
This place is the most insane secret of all of downtown new York. Come eat pasta like you should.