Eat to the Beat
by Julie Besonen, 01/22/2014
Photo: Alexander Thompson
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106 W. Houston St., 212-677-3820, West Village, Manhattan
Arturo's is a place that time forgot, with a murky mural of an Italian landscape and walls of fame honoring Clark Gable and a young Al Pacino. The coal oven has been turning out crisp pizza since 1957, and the rest of the old-school menu appears to have changed little over the years—featuring baked clams, pasta with vodka sauce and chicken parmigiana, all hearty and good. On the border of ever-changing SoHo and the West Village, Arturo's is still family owned and presents excellent live jazz sets nightly at no cover. Regulars grab seats at the bar and halt their convivial chatter to applaud each number. Do make a visit to the restroom, if only to see the vintage bathtub—and drop a few dollars in the tip goblet on the baby grand.