Leave the crowded sidewalk tables to the people-watchers and sit inside with the dressed-up tourists and neighborhood residents. Terra-cotta-colored walls and flattering lighting give the dining room a Tuscan feel. The specials list is extensive; pay attention as the waiter struggles to remember it all, because you’ll likely be ordering from his recital. One recurring favorite is chicken breast stuffed with smoked salmon and hearts of palm. Grilled fingers of polenta get a well-seasoned tomato topping, and the linguine rustica is tossed in a rich tomato sauce with chewy slices of sun-dried tomatoes and mushrooms. The impressive multitiered dessert cart is tempting: Tiramisu is pleasantly boozy, and the panna cotta is speckled with vanilla bean.
138 Mulberry St
|Cross street:||between Grand and Hester Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu, Sun noon–11pm; Fri, Sat noon–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: J, M, Z, N, Q, R, W, 6 to Canal St|
|Price:||Average main course: $28. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|