From Our Editors
Order the fettuccine alla ruota at La Ruota and the next thing you know, a chef will roll a cart to your table weighed down with a large wheel of parmesan cheese. But what's more remarkable than the size the wheel is the crater carved into the middle of it, which serves as a portable oven. Its molten, cheesy center cooks and sauces the noodles right in front of you before they're plated tableside. Between presentation like this and the elegant dark-wood-detailed dining room, there's plenty of visual flair at La Ruota. But more importantly, the dishes here are all made by hand, which is where the eatery's real pride comes from. In other menu items, chefs tuck veal into housemade cannelloni crepes and drape sea bass with a tart almond and lemon sauce. There are creative pizzas too, topped with the likes of German sausage, crab meat, and baked quail eggs.