Comfortable yet genteel, white-tablecloth Lavagna proves that in the East Village, chic doesn’t have to be shabby. The kitchen prepares individual pizzas in a wood-burning oven as well as pastas like rigatoni tossed with spicy sausage, peas and tomato. Daily specials and the three-pound roasted fish for two are punched up with intriguing spices and relishes. By and large, entrées, such as a roasted rack of lamb (curiously mated with corona beans), give the menu an unexpected eclectic boost over the usual grandma’s-recipe dishes.
545 E 5th St
|Cross street:||between Aves A and B|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 6–11pm; Fri 6pm–midnight; Sat noon–3:30pm, 6pm–midnight; Sun noon–3:30pm, 5–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: F, V 2nd Avenue–Lower East Side; 6 to Astor Pl|
|Price:||Average main course: $20. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|