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Le Virtù

The owner of this restaurant is dedicated, obsessively so, to the cuisine of Abruzzo, the region east of Rome, where he long studied with home cooks. He also runs more casual Brigantessa up the street, with a slight…
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Elegantly airy, Paradiso turns out upscale Italian feasts such as pistachio-crusted lamb chops, homemade gnocchi and New York strip steak glazed with anchovy butter.
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La Locanda del Ghiottone

The name means 'the Place of the Glutton,' and chef Giussepe and Joe the head waiter encourage overeating. Small and modestly designed, unlike other nearby trendy spots. Try the gnocchi, mushroom crepes and mussels.…
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La Viola

Facing off across the street from one another are two La Violas – both BYOB. The former is a cramped and unpretentious dining room, while the latter is larger and more modern; the cuisine at both, however, is fresh …
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It's hard to argue with pizza and beer, especially when it's crispy Naples style -- but also try the heartier dishes from all over Italy, including some with real Calabrese-pepper heat.
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Little Nonna's

'Sunday gravy,' that delectable tomato-meat sauce that's a staple of Italian-American tables, is served every night at this homey BYOB.