Buon Appetito: 14 of NYC's Most Romantic Italian Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 02/06/2013
Signature spaghetti with tomato and basil. Photo: Chris Villano
355 W. 14th St., 212-691-0555, Meatpacking District, Manhattan
Quintessential spaghetti with tomato and basil is the most surprising dish to find at this stylish, elegant jewel in the Meatpacking District. Chef Scott Conant is confident enough to highlight it along with more inventive Italian compositions such as roasted beet casonsei with ricotta, pistachios and poppy seeds and ricotta raviolini with truffles and parmesan froth. For all its modernity, Scarpetta is still a soulful experience, the flavors rich and intense, the service polished and friendly. Walk-ins are accepted in the handsome bar area up front—but for a table at prime time in the dramatic dining room, book a month in advance.