Last-minute promotion pares food and wine prices
Pastavino, an excellent Pearl Street Italian restaurant, sent out last-minute notification yesterday announcing half-price food and wine that very evening. I was planning to make pasta and a salad, and since the kitchen of owner/chef Fabio Flagiello would do a far better job than I, off we went to this cheerful modern space where “simple organic Italian” is the three-word guiding principle.
While we studied that short menu, we sipped our wine — Barbera for my husband and Grüner Veltliner for me, because I really like this Austrian wine, even in an Italian restaurant — and munched on breadsticks. Decisions. Decisions. I couldn’t resist the lobster ravioli, fettuccini Bolognese was my husband’s choice. Pasta is attractively served in wide-rimmed bowls, and while the portions look small, the food is so rich that a little goes a long way. The service was excellent, and our excellent waiter said that one of these last-minute dinners will probably be monthly. I’m certain that being on the newsletter E-mail list resulted in the notice.
Price check: On the regular dinner menu, Paste del Giornio (three different pastas at a time in daily rotation), $10-$15; salads, $7-$13; soups and antipasti, $6-$8 plus antipasto misto for two or more, $18; pizza, $11-!4; grandi classici (traditional first courses, including more pasta), $9-$13; sides, $3; desserts, $6-$8. While breadsticks are on the table, an order of various house-baked bread flavors is $2 additional.