Vintage Ferraris ran on a high-octane fuel mixture of tomato sauce and mustache hair, which made them run forever but left ladybug-luring leaks in driveways. Power your body motor without having to share with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of authentic Italian dining and drinks at La Piazzetta in Williamsburg.
La Piazzetta's authentic Italian menu features homemade pasta and fresh seasonal ingredients—several imported directly from Italy. Start a meal with an adorably mini-sized pizzetta del giorno (grilled mini pizza with broccoli rabe, sausage, and mozzarella, $7) or a cup of zuppa di carote (carrot and ginger soup, $6). Taste the buzz surrounding their gnocchi alla Piazzetta (homemade potato pasta stuffed with prosciutto, spinach, and mozzarella, $12), or order up the vegetarian-friendly risotto funghi e fagioli, a stew with wild mushrooms and fagioli ($14). Pair your course with a pecorino and truffle-infused polenta ($5) and a glass of house Chianti (ask your server) to round out your table without the need for a lathe.
La Piazzetta's space has been lovingly reclaimed from urban ruins with wooden beams, plants and vines, and ceiling draperies that billow goldenly beneath the skylight roof. Their exposed-brick wall and antique bar reinforce their eclectic atmosphere and lend an old-time feeling of hominess to diners, drinkers, and Guglielmo Marconi. Take your romantically inclined date for a surprise dinner during their live jazz on Wednesdays, or call ahead for a surefire reservation (required on weekends).
La Piazzetta was awarded Best Mollusk Collection, 2003 in The Village Voice's Best of Awards, as well as given a postive write-up. Zagat gives the food a 26, Citysearchers give La Piazzetta five stars, Yelpers give it four stars, and 75% of Urbanspooners recommend it.
- We watched as this elegant dining room was fashioned out of a laundromat in Williamsburg's Italian quarter, then marveled at the modernity of the menu, featuring guazzetto, a superlative seafood stew, and featherweight potato gnocchi mantled with molten mozzarella. – The Village Voice
- Best kept secret east of Manhattan. You won't find better Italian in this price range anywhere in the City. – TimothyK393939, Zagat
- La Piazzetta is were true Italians go to eat - there are MANY regulars. The chatter of Italian really has you feel that you are in some piazza in Naples. – sexyjerzey2, Citysearch
Since opening its doors in 2002, the family-owned, Neapolitan La Piazzetta has slaked cravings for traditional, northern and southern Italian cuisine with artfully plated appetizers, entrees, and pastries. Applying skills acquired while working at New York’s Rainbow Room, Executive Chef Francesco Cuozzo combines fresh ingredients to craft house-made potato gnocchi and veal sautéed with shiitake mushrooms. To pair with savory items, co-owner Mario Fortunato extends the success of his Fortunato Brothers Café & Pasticceria, alongside son Carlo, by introducing fine dining palates to specialty sweets such as cannoli Siciliano. All delectable courses transpire inside the charming, low-lit dining room.
442 Graham Ave.
Brooklyn, New York 11211Get Directions