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Chef Michael White (Marea) is one of New York’s most prolific and successful Italian-American chefs, and this terrific downtown homage to a classic Bolognese tavern is one of the more accessible restaurants in his stable. The toque spent seven years cooking in Italy's Emilia-Romagna region, and his connection to the area surfaces in the rustic food. Handmade pastas—frail ricotta gnocchi in light tomato cream, fat tortelli bundles oozing an absurdly rich mix of braised meats and cream submerged in broth—are fantastic across the board. Heart-stopping meats, meanwhile, include porchetta with crisp, crackling skin and potatoes bathed in pan drippings. With so much butter and cream, you might skip dessert, but don’t miss cocktails like a classic aperitivi.
218 Lafayette St
|Cross street:||between Broome and Spring Sts|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to Spring St|
|Price:||Average main course: $22. AmEx, MC, V|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 11:30am–10pm; Sat 11:30am–1am; Sun 11:30am–10pm|
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