We eat out a lot and consider ourselves very knowledgable about the food scene in NYC and elsewhere (including trips to Italy). We eat here at the bar at least once a week and we're not the most frequent patrons. That says a lot. In Brooklyn, there are many Italian restaurants & a number of them have been around quite awhile and are good. But there are few excellent restaurants where you're eating much as you would in Italy & not adapted Brooklyn "red sauce" cuisine (not that there's anything wrong with that either). Noodle Pudding is one of a handful of authentic, owner/chef driven, "let the ingredients do the talking" fresh food (I dont think they even own a microwave), inventive Italian eateries in Brooklyn and it deserves high praise. And what's more important is that, unlike many places that will tell you where everything is grown/sourced and how "correctly" it's prepared but not have a clue as to whether it actually tastes good, your plate is full of stuff that you'll remember fondly and want more of. When you add to this that it is one of the friendliest, generous, reasonably priced places you'll ever find, it's hard to not love it. It's cash only and can require a wait but its well worth it. Come say hello at the bar.
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