Andrew Carmellini & Co. open new Italian spot, Bar Primi

A Voce alum Sal Lamboglia rolls out fresh pastas on the Bowery

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The loss of Peels and its flaky biscuits was a tough pill to swallow, but the mourning period was cut short when word hit that the space would become a haven for another favored carb: a bi-level pasta shop from Andrew Carmellini, Luke Ostrom and Josh Pickard, the hit-making trio behind Lafayette, the Dutch and Locanda Verde. Carmellini partners with kitchen protégé Sal Lamboglia (Lafayette) for the marinara-sauced menu, divided into traditional dishes (spaghetti clams casino, linguine with four cloves of garlic and bread crumbs) and seasonal items like spinach cavatelli with Piave cheese, and pappardelle with spring mushrooms and marsala. Evoking an old-school trattoria, there are also daily specials, such as Sausage Boss peperonata on Wednesdays—made with links from Carmellini's Madison Square Garden concession—and zuppa di pesce on Fridays. 325 Bowery at 2nd St (212-220-9100)

BAR PRIMI MENU:

PICCOLINI
bruschetta del giorno MP
sweet pea & farro salad 8
asparagus egg, guanciale 10
seafood antipasto fregola, chili 12

ANTIPASTI
sal's antipasti salad 10
brooklyn arugula grana, lemon 11
watercress salad orange, fennel 9
mozzarella radicchio, peppers 14
mussels calabrese 'nduja, soave wine 12
stuffed meatballs in sugo 12
italian cheese plate 15
italian meat plate 18
italian combo plate 18

TRADITIONAL
spaghetti pomodoro parmigiano reggiano 14
spaghetti clams casino 19
linguini 8 cloves of garlic, breadcrumbs 14
buccatini lamb amatriciana 18
calamarata octopus, gaeta olive, wild oregano 19
rigatoni eggplant, ricotta salata, basil 16
taglioni al pesto pignoli 15

SEASONAL
spinach cavatelli veal bianco, piave cheese 17
ricotta ravioli asparagus, spinach, lemon 16
lumache sausage, broccoli rabe, chickpea 16
malfati spring mushroom, marsala 19
fiore di carciofi smoked bacon, pecorino 19

THE SANDWICH
roast beef italian peppers, provolone, arugula 14

SPECIAL OF THE DAY

MONDAY
veal tails
polenta
24

TUESDAY
grilled branzino
olive mufaletta
24

WEDNESDAY
sausage boss
pepperonata
19

THURSDAY
lamb chops
caponata
29

FRIDAY
zuppa di pesce
crostino
25

SATURDAY
hangar steak
salsa verde
24

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