Approximately 7 years ago, there was a great Italian restaurant (puccini), particularly for pasta, on the corner of Columbus and W80-something. It was a small place with a velvet curtain blocking the entrance. To my utter horror, It closed way back and was replaced by a Subway sandwich shop [bawl; pound fists on table] . Ugghhh... it was one of the few pasta places throughout the city that got pasta right and it was inexpensive. No, it's not Babbo but it ws a uniquely great pasta place without any fanfare.
So, it took me years to get over this; however, everytime I pass that corner, I look up and just groan. Well, there may be good news. I had dinner at Uncle Nick's Friday night on 9th in the 50s and, as we strolled back home, I noticed the word "Puccini" atop a small store front (on 9th in the upper 50s/low 60s), same font of the old Puccini sign and same size restaurant. I gasped, ran across the street and grabbed a menu. Ummmm.... this is IT. I really think this is it.
Ran home but they are not listed on menupages. When I googled puccini, i came up with their other location in Whitestone on Francis Lewis Blvd (geez, i know that nabe well. never knew they were there) as their online menu is the same as the menu from the 9th ave location . however, i did not see the 9th ave location listed on that site. Then a second listing of puccini on google, lists the former restaurant on Columbus - same menu as the one from 9th ave and also the whitestone location... so this IS it.
So, i am afraid to ask. I checked this site and found no mention of puccini aside from 2-3 fans who mourned its closing or raved about the pasta > 4 years ago regarding the former columbus location. So....anyone try the location on 9th? What do you think? Has it been there long? same chef? Perhaps my taste buds were warped (for my sake, i hope they are still warped b/c i need a great pasta fix badly) but their pasta was prepared perfectly, in my opinion.
I will post a request for opinions on the outer borough board re the whitestone location and i will post a review re the 9th ave location after i treking over there this week. fingers crossed. btw, menu says they are open from tuesday-saturday - 5pm -11pm.