Rafele

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Rafele is an airy, cosmopolitan trattoria in the West Village with an open workshop-type kitchen and wood-fired oven you wish you could transport home (except that it weighs about 700 tons). Raffaele Ronca of Naples is the chef/co-owner, who simplified the spelling of his name for the restaurant. He's been a staple in the neighborhood for a while, previously working at Palma and Bellavitae, and comes from a family of butchers, farmers and fisherman. The man knows ingredients. He's also in tune with people who are gluten-free (spinach and ricotta dumplings) and vegetarian (house-made pasta with mixed mushrooms and truffle pâté). Eat meat? Pan-seared veal-and-beef meatballs, grass-fed New York strip and braised pork belly are calling. For dessert, classic tiramisu and cheesecake cannot be faulted.

29 Seventh Ave. South
Manhattan, NY 10014
  (212) 242-1999
  Hours: Sun.–Thurs., 5–11pm; Fri.–Sat., 5pm–midnight


Cuisine
Italian
Amenities
Private Function Room(s)
Miscellaneous
Good for Groups
Outdoor Seating
Reservations Accepted
Payment Types
Credit Cards Accepted
Price
$$$
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