Best Italian Restaurant: Marcella’s

From the March 29, 2012 edition

For best results, do not mix Marcella’s and people who won’t share their food. Bring a date or, even better, a group of friends so that you can try as many of this modern Italian eatery’s dishes as possible.

With a large number of small plates on the menu, it’s easy to sample a bit of everything. You can’t go wrong with an oval-shaped gourmet pizza, a generous pasta dish or an oh-so-fresh caprese salad. No matter what you order for your main meal, begin with a Braised Veal Meatball. The oversized, tender sphere will be one of the best things you’ve ever tasted.

Runners-up: Basi Italia, Giuseppe’s Ritrovo

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