You’ll want to wake up with the rooster to score a reservation at this rustic Italian gem as it’s incredibly popular, and ergo, always packed. Walk-ins can snag a seat at the three-sided bar that anchors the room, decked out in full country charm with exposed brick walls, reclaimed timber and beamed ceilings. What’s so special, you ask? The food, of course, which is terrific. Pastas are spot on and include cacio e pepe “arancini,” crowd-favorite mezzi rigatoni or even the mafalde verde—a sweet-and-savory combo of braised duck ragù, Calabrian chili and pecorino romano. Entrées like grilled short rib or scallops with pickled chili aïoli are also exquisite.
The short wine list features unusual selections (Slovenia, anyone? ) and very affordable prices.- MICHELIN guide inspectors