A Longstanding Favorite Neighborhood Italian

Lavagna Exterior Outdoor Dining East Village

About Lavagna

 & why it made the Carpe City list

  • Walking into Lavagna makes you feel like you are coming home to family for a delicious Italian meal
  • Lavagna is a neighborhood spot that has been on our rotation for years for quality Italian and an above-par wine selection.
  • It’s a locals’ place. You will see a lot of regulars here. If you come often enough, they treat you like family, albeit in their own fast-paced, friendly way.
  • It’s almost always busy. Especially on weekends. Make a reservation.
  • If you go without a reservation, you’ll find a tiny bar in the front where you can wait, but it’s tight and not particularly comfortable.  Grape & Grain and Bibi Wine Bar are places where you can have a drink nearby.
  • Although it’s lively and bustling, it is also candlelit and cozy, and the lighting makes everyone look great on date night.
  • It’s an excellent spot for groups, birthdays, and dinner with the parents.
  • They have sidewalk seating in good weather.
  • Open for brunch on Saturday and Sundays.
  • Get: Sausage Rigatoni (our favorite!), Wood Oven Roasted Fish, Sweet Pea Ravioli and always check out the specials.  Normally, we don’t get excited about kale, but our quasi-veggie testers give high marks to Lavagna’s Kale Caesar.

By: Christi Scofield

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