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Looking for a good bowl of pasta in/around Soho, Noho, Nolita, central village area (i.e. within a 10-15 minute walk of soho). Been to Morini recently, but something along those lines. I feel like a bunch of new Italian spots have opened in that area but I am completely blanking.


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  1. Drawing a blank in SoHo, NoHo, Nolita and Central Village as well. Lupa, Po, and Babbo are still great, but not new.

    I can't think of any newish Italian restaurants downtown besides Porsena in the East Village, Ciano in the Flatiron District, and Il Matto in Tribeca. I haven't been to any of these restaurants but have heard good things.

    45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

    Il Matto
    281 Church St, New York, NY 10013

    21 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

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    1. re: Riverman500

      I've heard very good things about Porsena, but admittedly haven't been.

      I quite like Otto's pasta and for the price ($9), it's a steal. I also like Malatesta—very similar to Morini. It's at Washington and Christopher, so maybe more westerly than you're wanting, but still quite walkable from SoHo.

      21 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

      1. re: loratliff

        Had heard good things about Malatesta. Maybe that's worth checking out.

        And it doesn't need to be a new place - I considered babbo, for instance, but had also been fairly recently.

        649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

        1. re: lnedrive14

          Jane has great pasta, though it's not an Italian restaurant.

    2. Aurora in Soho will fit the bill although not new. Malatesta is also good but can be very crowded and I believe it is cash only, fyi.

      649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

      1. You're probably thinking of Torrisi and Spasso? Maybe Rubirosa? Porsena?

        21 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

        235 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

        551 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

        1. Peasant is also in the neighborhood.

          1. Caffe Falai - excellent housemade pastas, a lighter hand than Morini on the sauces, not as fatty.
            Peasant - rustic, hearty.

            Caffe Falai
            265 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

            194 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

            1. Okay, I have a place to add after my dinner tonight: Marinella, at Carmine and Bedford Streets. Not fancy or big name, but very, very old school Italian (and not just red sauce). I had squid ink linguine with calamari—super fresh and tasty. My partner's bolognese was equally as good.

              49 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014