Food and drink
The food is fresh and of good quality. Everything seems to be carefully prepared with wholesome ingredients. The Italian-centric wine list is extensive with more than 600 selections, 25 of which are by the glass.
The cheese plates are always a great way to start a meal. They can be shared and savored while you wait for your main course. The panini list offers plenty of options, from prosciutto and spicy mustard to grilled mushrooms, mozzarella and spinach. My favorite dish is the beet and orange salad with sprigs of mint, pecorino shavings and crushed hazelnuts. I always order it and am never disappointed.
The ambience is rustic and convivial. The small bar has seats for four people. It's bustling but never overwhelming. Locals really love this place.
Service is up and down. Sometimes you're taken care of immediately while at others, you may have to wave down your waiter.
On the corner of Rivington and Ludlow, a very busy intersection in one of the hippest parts of town.
Dinner for two costs about $45. Brunch is inexpensive, too, especially for the quality of food.
The restaurant also runs three other wine bars and restaurants in the city.