Carol Deptolla’s Top 30 Restaurants 2015
Why go here: The oldest and coziest of the Bartolotta restaurants, this Italian ristorante feels like going to a family dinner. Lots of chatter, lots of eating. Chef Juan Urbieta executes the menu with flawless technique and the classic Italian restraint that lets ingredients take center stage.
What to order: Pappardelle with duck ragu and a brick-roasted half chicken with perfect, crisp skin, absolute classics. But do check out the changing chef’s menu; in late August it held handmade cavatelli draped in heirloom tomato sauce with pecorino.
What you’re drinking: It’s not every day you can peruse an all-Italian, 250-bottle wine list.