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Great Pasta at Lattanzi

David Feldman | Oct 12, 2001 01:19 AM

I'm a lucky hound.

I hadn't seen a movie in too long, and had to get off my butt to catch the last showing of "Glitter." Now *that's* what I call entertainment.

My friend and I were looking for a Times Square restaurant we had not been to before, and we settled on Lattanzi. The only dish I remember being touted on Chowhound was the fried artichoke appetizer, and they were terrific. My friend's special sea bass was great, too, especially the sauce. But the standout was my pasta, bigoli with artichokes in artichoke sauce. Bigoli reminded me of my favorite pasta in Tuscany, pici -- at Lattanzi, they are homemade, fat spaghetti-like cylinders. The sauce was just spectacular. The portion was relatively small, so I paced myself and savored it slowly -- absolutely the best pasta I've had in years.

We drank a bottle of the Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella, which was wonderful, too (it was one of two wines I asked the waiter about, and he was kind enough to recommend this fuller-bodied-than-usual Amarone).

Lattanzi is expensive, and maybe we were extraordinarily lucky, but this was one of the best meals I've had this year. We were there at 10:00 p.m. and much to my surprise, there were fewer people there than at "Glitter."

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