Went with a groupon to this lovely restaurant on East 11th. Full length windows surround the tables, making it very bright and cheery. I had the Principessa salad (Arugula, radicchio, apple, beets, pecans, goat cheese, balsamic vinaigrette $7), which was quite large and very good. The Husband had vegetarian pasta (Buccatini alla Nona, Sundried tomato, summer vegetables, cecci, basil pesto broth, crème fraiche, hollow beet spaghetti $13) which was tasty but oddly unattractive (pink pasta "worms" in a bright green sauce that he said looked just like vomit, and he is a doctor so he would know). Still, he ate it and liked it.
Service was delightfully friendly. I think the groupon is still available. Well worth a visit. Most items are available vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free; even the Rigatoni alla Bolognese (Beef, pork, lamb, tomato ragu, sunny egg, red wine rigatoni $14).
I was glad to hear that they found a new location and are able to keep their business going. I last went on their all you can eat mussels Tuesday deal. ($13?) I think you get a choice of red or white sauce. We also had what sounds like the Principessa salad and thought it was delicious and a great value.
your anecdote about the vomit/worm pasta is funny and totally relatable.
will have to check it out again