Sometimes a fresh homemade bowl of pasta is the only thing that will satisfy my appetite. While Italian restaurants are a dime a dozen, not all noodles are created equal in taste and price. For incredible affordable Italian dishes, try one of this week’s picks.
Non Solo Piada (302 West 37th Street) Check out their authentic sandwich selections of Piadina and Cassoni in addition to their pasta list. A Piadina is a thin Italian flatbread typically prepared in the Emilia Romagna region in Italy. The “Classic Piadina” style is a warm folded over sandwich where you can see and taste all the ingredients through. The perfect Piadina is a combination of cold cuts, cheese and greens. At Non Solo Piada, Piadianas range from $9-$13. The “Cassoni” style is like a pocket, closed, sealed and very cheesy inside. The main ingredient is mozzarella cheese which melts with the rest of the ingredients. Cassone range from $8 to $10. Everything on the menu is reasonable and full of fresh flavor. Personalized thin crust pizzas range from $8-$11 plus they serve homemade pastas like Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina with mozzarella and parmesan for $12. Try the Breakfast Antipasto Italiano (for 2 people, $12) stuffed with prosciutto di parma, pistacchio mortadella, spicy salami, pecorino and stracchino cheese and marinated artichokes. Breakfast sandwiches start at $5 and omelettes $7.
San Marzano (117 Second Avenue) All pastas at San Marzano are homemade including spaghetti, pappardelle, farfalle and gluten-free tagliatelle. Once you choose a pasta shape, pick one of their many sauces including Wild Boar Ragu, Butternut Squash and Sausage or Pesto for $9. Pressed Paninis like prosciutto and arugula are $8. Start with a $7 Meatball appetizer made from veal, pork and beef in a mushroom marinara sauce. Beers are $4, sangria $5 and wines start at $6. Bottles start at $22. Visit for brunch on weekends from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. for $10 bottomless mimosas and $8 entrees of Pressed Paninis, French Toast with bananas and Cheddar Scrambled Eggs, just to name a few. Reservations are only accepted for six or more people.
Il Corallo Trattoria (176 Prince Street) Il Corallo offers some of the best pasta in the city, dollar for dollar. The wait staff has been there for years and makes you feel like family. Every day you’ll find a $20 wine bottle special to complement your meal. Don’t the the prices fool you, the portions are plentiful. They are known for their Fettuccine Pescatore ($19.95) with scallops, shrimp, lobster meat, mussels, clams, Italian parsley and fresh chopped tomato in a white wine, garlic and olive oil sauce. They offer a $10.95 daily lunch special and brunch on weekends that comes with a soup or salad. It is a small place so groups of four should be your max. They don’t take reservations but you can get on Waitlist through yelp.