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Piccola Cucina Osteria
Posted by Marilyn Goldstein on 12/22/2013
Why hadn't t I heard of this charming, tiny southern Italian restaurant with unsurpassable fresh pastas, each in a creative but delicious sauce. Was invited here for a birthday party and was a bit put off by the small room, but once we started eating...wow. The Sicilian rice balls need a new name because this risotto or maybe almost-risiotto filled with meat ragu is like tasting heaven. Also great in the appetizer department was the cool fresh buffalo mozzarella. My sardine-loving cousins were thoroughly impressed with their choice. Some of the appetizers can run into the teens, but the pasta is very reasonable, running from about $19 to the lower $20. But it is the fresh pasta that blew us away. I chose an oxtail sauce that can not be beat. The sauce choices are so unusual and varied -- mushroom and lamb ragu, shrimp, eggplant, more sardines with pine nuts, raisins and fennel -- that I can't wait to try them all. Desserts are pedestrian to my tastes (no chocolate)but who needs sweets after the sumptuous supper. All this is served with care and with the kind of informality that is welcoming but still professional. The room is so small it's a good idea to reserve. Make sure it's the Piccola Cucina at 196 Spring. There are others with similar names.