Italian in Brooklyn: Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn & Dumbo

This welcoming Italian eatery serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a homey, wood-lined space in Dumbo. Co-owner Alfredo’s meatballs are top-notch, as is the rich and meaty lasagna Bolognese. But if you’re into seafood, don’t miss the simple and delicious cavatelli (small pasta shells) with mussels, clams, shrimp and cherry tomatoes – it doesn’t skimp on the shellfish. Cash only.

The small, inviting bar is an ideal spot to sip wine and nibble on olives.