Gallery: Ovest Pizzoteca, an Italian Lunchtime Oasis in Far West Chelsea

Meatball Appetzer ($8)
Meatball Appetzer ($8)

The meatball appetizer came four meatballs to a plate, with a flavorful tomato sauce. They were good but not as light and ethereal as some of the better meatballs around town.

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Complimentary House-made Bread
Complimentary House-made Bread

The bread at Ovest is made in house. If you're looking to stretch your lunchtime budget and fill up, hit this stuff and dunk it in the Luzzo's-branded olive oil. If you want all your breadbasket, be sure to eat it fast. They seemed to take it away as soon as my salad came.

Ziti Toscani
Ziti Toscani

Ziti sautéed with garlic, olive oil, mint, and cauliflower. A nicer, slightly lighter pasta choice than the bolognese.

A'Frusta
A'Frusta

The pizza a'frusta was phenomenal. We all really enjoyed this. This one was stuffed with sausage and broccoli rabe. The dough is soft and crisp. Almost like a high-class Italian taco product.

The Andrew
The Andrew

This was one of the misses on the panini menu. Named for the Luzzo's/Ovest chef. Why the hot dog? "He's Sicilian by birth," Iuliano said, "but he's American now!"

Tagliatelle Bolognese
Tagliatelle Bolognese

The tagliatelle was cooked perfectly al dente, and the slightly sweet bolognese sauce had just the right balance of tomato and meat. This was one of the more filling pastas I had and could easily make two meals for you. Eat half and get the rest to go! ;)

Esposito
Esposito

Sausage, broccoli rabe, and mozzarella. You'd think it'd be great, but you mostly taste broccoli rabe. Go for the sausage a'frusta instead.

Goloso
Goloso

This was our favorite panini. Goat cheese, olive pâté, eggplant, speck. It's a winning combination.

Italian Burger Panino
Italian Burger Panino

The beef was flavorful enough, but it was a bit dry and overcooked. The bread is not a good vehicle for a burger, but what did you expect?

Michele
Michele

Robyn Lee made us order this — she loves mortadella — and it was a great choice. This was perhaps my favorite panino. (The rest of the Serious Eaters on recon with me voted up the Goloso.) I loved its elegant simplicity.