Oh, and pasta. Lots and lots of pasta.
Let us introduce you to Casa Nonna, a bustling new downtown hive of pizza ovens, massive T-bones and massive-er bowls of ravioli, now taking reservations for an opening Wednesday night.
This is the first Italian spot from the folks behind BLT Steak, so the huge helpings of meat, schmooze-ready wine list and marble bar lording over the dining room should all seem familiar. Less familiar: a date-ready, 12-seat marble pizza bar that lets you look right into the 850-degree wood-burning oven while your pie (the one with zucchini flowers, mozzarella and a fried egg) starts to bubble.
But more often than not, you’ll be returning with a group of like-minded deal-makers, setting up a boisterous camp over Blood Orange Margaritas and a limoncello and Campari creation called the Sicilian Lemonade (it sends a message). Then it’s on to heaping bowls of family-style linguine and clams, ricotta ravioli and orecchiette with sausage and broccoli rabe. Or more carnivorous options like double-size shrimp scampi and veal Milanese.
Sharing a plate of veal is the key to any deal.