The cooking of Emilia-Romagna has the spotlight at this low-lit, relaxed joint with warm, welcoming service and family-friendly weekend brunches. Favorite pastas include hand-rolled penne with eggplant and tomato, tagliolini with grilled lobster, and delicate spinach-ricotta gnocchi glossed with sage butter. Piàdina, a quesadillalike regional snack, is highly touted on the menu, but its predictable fillings—prosciutto, tomatoes, spinach—are overwhelmed by melted mozzarella. Instead, splurge on dessert: a warm slice of chocolate torta is bold and intense, and tiramisu is pleasingly smooth.
126 W 13th St
|Cross street:||between Sixth and Seventh Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 5:30–11pm; Sat, Sun 5:30pm–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3 to 14th St; L to Eighth Ave|
|Price:||Average main course: $12. AmEx, MC, V|