Photo: Piccolo Angolo
In a city where dinner can cost more than a night at a hotel and restaurants are run like corporations, there’s nothing better than discovering a local neighbourhood joint with great food and decent prices.Piccolo Angolo, a classic Italian restaurant on Hudson Street in the West Village, fits the bill, although the secret is out — you’ll need a reservation if you want to nab one of the wooden tables during prime dining hours.
The 21-year-old restaurant is a family affair: owner Renato Migliorini and his two children run the show and do everything from booking tables to clearing plates.
It’s the perfect spot for a first date (great wine list, reasonable prices) or a big birthday dinner (family-style menu for parties of six and up, killer cheese cake).
The star dish at Piccolo Angolo is unquestionably the Linguine con Polpette, or all-beef meatballs. The steaming entree comes with two meatballs the size of softballs, smothered in homemade marinara sauce and served over a bed of al dente linguine.
In New York City, where meatballs have become something of an obsession, this classic family recipe stands out. The dish, which is enormous, has a nice shock value, too — heads turn every time it leaves the kitchen and lands in front of a lucky diner.
The lobster cannelloni, stuffed with fresh lobster and covered in vodka sauce, and an on-the-bone veal parmigiana with fresh mozzarella also got rave reviews at our table.
Don’t be ashamed to ask for a doggy bag.
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