This cozy, mustard-hued joint’s Latin-inflected Italian vittles reflect the culinary pedigree and heritage of its owners, part-Dominican Sasha Rodriguez (Alto) and Mexican Mauricio Miranda (L’Impero). Peppery chorizo lends savory depth to a starter of arancini, crisp ping pong-sized balls of risotto and spinach, and verdolagas, a nutty, mild cousin of watercress gets its due in an appetizer salad with shaved ricotta salata and grilled asparagus stalks. For the main event, savor such entrées as the tender grilled skirt steak served with sweet-and sour shallots and roasted fingerling potatoes, and extra-wide pappardelle noodles luxuriating in an earthy mole poblano sauce with braised short rib meat. For dessert, shortcake gets an exotic twist with strawberry cream and a coulis studded with luscious bits of mango.
80 Berry St
|Cross street:||at North 9th St|
|Opening hours:||Mon, Wed 5:30–10:30; Thu 5:30–11pm; Fri, Sat noon–3pm; 5:30–11pm; Sun noon–3pm; 5:30–10pm.|
|Transport:||Subway: L to Bedford Ave|
|Price:||Average main course price: $18. MC, V|