Sociale is every bit as swinging as its name implies, but true Italian hospitality is what makes the cozy Brooklyn Heights trattoria shine. Regulars at this warm and welcoming spot, housed in a former pharmacy dating back to the late 1800s, wedge up to the bar for glasses of mineral-rich Italian whites or crowd into the charming and lair-like dining room where the table inches away from yours may host your newest best friend. The kitchen serves up rustic classics prepared with a dash of creativity, like grilled octopus with scallion vinaigrette or whole wheat pappardelle with rabbit ragout and black olives. Heartier items include roasted chicken with fried polenta, or mushroom- and ricotta-stuffed ravioli plated with zucchini carpaccio.
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