The decor at Pepolino is nothing special, but as soon as the comely Italian waiters announce the specialties or pour a glass of chianti, this local favorite comes to life with good, old-fashioned Tuscan hospitality. Look no further than the tagliata di manzo, a superbly balanced sliced steak with arugula and shaved Parmesan. Although Tuscany isn’t celebrated for its seafood, the terrina di cozze—plump shelled mussels in a butter, garlic and parsley sauce—is a worthy digression.
281 West Broadway
|Cross street:||between Canal and Lispenard Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu noon–4pm, 5:30–11pm; Fri–Sat noon–midnight; Sun noon–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: A, C, 1, 2, 3 to Chambers St|
|Price:||Average main course: $20. AmEx, MC, V|