Lunch for One: Luzzo's


[Photo: Kathy YL Chan]

Luzzo's is best known for pizza, but on one recent dinner at their East Village location, two plates of pasta glided past, bound for the table next to me. It was the Tagliatelle Alla Bolognese ($14), warm and homey, the scent of a hearty meat sauce trailing behind. I returned the next afternoon for pasta for lunch. This places gets to be unbearably noisy in the evenings, often with long waits. But come during lunch and it is quieter, almost calm.

I like to sit at the bar, to the left as you enter. Pull up a stool seat and bread (slices of a crusty white loaf) and olive oil are soon delivered. I ordered that same pasta. Not as perfect as I had hoped, but solid. The tagliatelle is homemade, cooked on the softer side, and bathed in the savory meat sauce. My major complaint is that the sauce is loose, a bit too watery. Portion? Definitely generous. I'd return for lunch when nearby, but next time I'll have pizza. If pasta is what my belly really craves, I'd head to Otto, just a 15-minute walk away, with pastas priced at $9.


211 1st Avenue, New York NY 10003 (map) 212-473-7447