December 30th, 2018 Update:
Happy New Year!
How did Via Carota become the most perfect restaurant in nyc? Very simple. They stick to their guns and they deliver. Their menu hasn’t changed much over the years and may even seem boring to some. But its well balanced, and the execution is consistently flawless. It slowly developed into one of my safest recommendations. And the fact that they don’t take reservations made it into an approachable but busy neighborhood darling. Otherwise it could easily turn into another Lilia.
It’s almost fitting that it’s signature dish is something so widely available below 14th, the Cacio e Pepe. It’s amazing how such a simple dish can generate this level of craving. I get asked about it often on my tours. To avoid World War Z last time with the family, I ordered two of them. But for a while it looked like the signature…
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