very nice apulian (really, bari) italian restaurant on 38th and ninth. simple, peasant kind of food but all lovingly and beautifully seasoned, spiced etc......the room has that classic kind of elegance that you find in italy, the kind of place where italian businessmen go after work for really good food and a more than decent wine selection. we had a very fun waiter who made a nice rec on a pinot grigio (collio.....?) and tho we explored only a tiny bit of the menu - i look forward to the future. we had the classic apulian dish of chicory and fava bean puree, i don't think one can ever have too much of that combo, pasta in a meat ragu and a pasta with artichoke hearts, a green salad......and a lovely special, a seafood crudo - perfectly presented. nothing terribly exciting but all so well prepared. even the green salad had a memorable bite to the balsamic dressing. we finished with a very smooth grappa and then a moscato on the house. they are listed as having a garden in some publications and they don't. too bad but the lack of the al fresco aspect doesn't dim the very good eating possibilities inside.
apps were around 6-10$, pastas averaged around 12$ and the secondi seemed to be about 20$ or so.