Walking uptown on my way back from the Film Forum, my attention is caught by the wonderful aroma of freshly baked dough and I take a pick inside. The joyful fire inside the wood oven is enough to pull me in the restaurant for an early diner.
The place, while not too big, looks spacious and happy, thanks to the high ceiling and the mostly wooden furniture. The walls are lined with light colored shelves supported by darker wood corbels. Home made jars with vegetables alternate with books, dried pepper and garlic. Italian wines and antiques on the shelves. The books are mostly on Southern Italian cooking, with Naples and Puglia being represented most widely, together with “Sophia Loren’s recipes and memories”.
My entrance immediately attracts a friendly and attentive waiter and before long I am all set: munching on a thin crust Marguerite and helping myself to a delicious salad of fennel and endives with anchovies vinaigrette on the side, while enjoying subdued background Brazilian bossa nova. Being somewhat limited for time, I finish it all with a real espresso and am on my way, delighted and determined to come back to this place: I noticed branzino and other grilled fish on the menu, it’s very promising. Maybe I’ll come back for brunch next weekend. Oh, and did I mention that prices were more than reasonable?
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