Best Homemade Pasta in NYC

April 11, 2014
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by Zagat Staff

For a true taste of Italy, head to one of these New York restaurants, where the pasta is made fresh in-house.

Manzo
Italian · Flatiron · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.9

A “walled-off oasis” amid the “flurry of Eataly” , this full-service Italian steakhouse within the Batali-Bastianich food hall shows a “nice range” with “terrific” chops bolstered by “excellent” pastas and an “extensive wine list” ; the venue’s upmarket pricing carries over, but most report being “well fed” for the money.
Maialino
Italian · Gramercy Park · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

“Danny Meyer does things right, as usual” at this “love song to Rome” overlooking Gramercy Park, where “sublime” farm-to-table Italian fare and “stellar wines” come in “delightful” , “buzzing” digs via a “welcoming” pro staff; scoring a reservation can be “challenging” (though the “bustling” front bar welcomes “drop-ins” ), and while prices run “high” , at least “the tip is included.”
Del Posto
Italian · Chelsea · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.6

“Hard to top” , this “magnifico” Chelsea Italian showcases the Batali-Bastianich “magic” with “inspired” cuisine and an “extraordinary” wine list in a “glamour palace” setting where “gracious” servers leave you “feeling totally pampered” ; just expect to “spend a whopping amount” , or try the lunch prix fixe for “a true bargain.”
Scarpetta
NoMad · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.3

“Especially fine” pastas including that “simple but perfect” signature spaghetti headline the “impressive” menu at this Chelsea Italian, where a “well-trained” team delivers the “first-rate” fare; “energy” runs “high” in the “sleek, modern” space, as do the “special-occasion” bills.
Osteria Morini Manhattan
Brunch · SoHo · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

The “fabulous pasta” is a “real draw” at Michael White’s “low-key” SoHo Italian where the rest of the Emilia-Romagna menu is “spot-on” too; “space is tight” in the “rustic” room, but “consistency” from the kitchen means it’s still a “winner.”
Gradisca
Italian · West Village · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

“Superb” hand-rolled pastas (sometimes made by the owner’s mama) are the “main attraction” at this “low-key” West Village Italian, but other “savory” dishes shine as well; a “strong wine list” , a “casual ambiance” and “friendly” service further secure its standing as an area “favorite.”
L'Artusi
Italian · West Village · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

“Incredible” pastas and other “creative” Italian dishes are “done with great care” at this “happening” West Village “standout” where the “polished” staffers also curate an “impeccable wine list” ; the “intimate” bi-level digs “bustle” with a “youngish crowd” , so “bring ear plugs” – and good luck getting a reservation.
Carbone
Greenwich Village · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.3

“Amazing twists” on “old-school” Italian cooking (including “life-changing” rigatoni) make for a serious “feast” at this “clubby” Village “destination” , where the “classic” decor, “nattily dressed” servers and “throwback” soundtrack will take you back to “Little Italy of the ’50s” ; the bill might “set off the smoke alarm” (beware the specials), but reservations still remain “too hard to get.”
Gnocco
Breakfast · East Village · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

“Authentic Emilian fare” is the focus of this East Village Italian praised for its “tasty pizza” , “lengthy wine list” and “excellent” namesake dish; the “most prized tables” are in its “lovely” , all-seasons garden, though “modest” pricing and “helpful” service are available throughout.
Lilia
Williamsburg · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

Missy Robbins’ “mind-blowing” housemade pastas and wood-fired entrees are declared “exactly what Italian food should be” at this “outstanding” arrival to the Williamsburg dining scene; the “spare-but-warm” space – complete with “lovely open kitchen” , “sweeping bar” and plenty of “buzz” – is overseen by an “excellent” staff, so the only real problem is “getting a reservation.”