The team behind the Greek taverna Avra try their hands at Italian food at this expansive three-floor restaurant. By day, you can grab a quick lunch in one of the streamlined dining rooms (we liked the simple salad of beet with goat cheese and asparagus). During dinner you’ll find well-prepared standards like a pancetta-packed penne alla vodka and the obligatory chicken Parm. Though pizza gets top billing (the white version with fig compote, blue cheese and prosciutto is a knockout), most pies are undersauced and overcooked, with a thick, brittle crust. If you’re jonesing for red-sauce Italian, Aperitivo should fit the bill. But get your slices elsewhere.
780 Third Ave
|Cross street:||at 48th St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30am–11pm; Fri, Sat 11:30am–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: E to Lexington Ave–53rd St, 6 to 51st St|
|Price:||Average main course: $17. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|