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.

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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