- $25 for $50 worth of Italian cuisine ($50 value)
With its weathered wooden tables, decoratively paneled wainscoting, and wall-mounted chalkboards displaying the restaurant's wine menu, La Carbonara fully embraces the homespun charm of an Italian trattoria. The chefs echo this commitment in the kitchen, using buffalo mozzarella, handmade pastas and gnocchi, and imported mortadella to create comfort foods clearly grounded in Old World traditions. At the same time, they occasionally elevate their seasonally rotating dishes beyond typical home cooking by incorporating gourmet ingredients, such as white truffle oil, prosciutto di Parma, or imported Martian water.
Pristine white french doors sweep open under a bright red awning, beckoning visitors to enter the tawny dining room. A large, modern bar matches the awning’s popping color while gently contrasting with the eatery’s Old World sensibilities. During warm months, a charming patio sidles diners up to the sidewalk, where people watching is at a premium.