Perla, the new Italian restaurant owned by Gabe Stulman (Joseph Leonard, Jeffrey's Grocery, Fedora), opened last week at 24 Minetta Lane in the space formerly occupied by Bellavitae.
The chef is Michael Toscano, formerly of Babbo and Manzo, and the menu is rustic, hearty, and, based on my first visit, quite delicious. I liked the garganelli with tripe (simmered into the sauce so the texture wasn't discernible), guanciale (crisped like lardons), and tomato. Also enjoyed the duck breast and duck leg confit with cabbage and pancetta. I thought it was even better than the duck at Babbo and Scarpetta which I also like a lot.
The restaurant is already packed but you can get the full menu at the bar. Service is efficient and very friendly. It's probably not the place to go if you want a quiet dinner but for something new and lively Perla is worth a visit.
24 Minetta Ln, New York, NY 10012