A while back, Daily Candy asked us to put together a guide to our favorite restaurants in the Meatpacking District. To us, this was about the same as asking someone to choose their favorite place to get poisoned. We (as you know by now) avoid the MPD at all costs, and don't often choose to eat there. So instead of sending Daily Candy's readers to Buddakan or Spice Market for dinner with a bunch of "fashion" people who limit themselves to 200 calories a day, we decided to pick some of our favorite West Village spots that border this third ring of hell. Piccolo Angolo was one of them.
This tiny red sauce Italian restaurant sits just a few blocks away from all the Meatpacking madness, on Hudson Street. It's a family run establishment, and the place is packed every night. Roll in on a Sunday evening and you'll find tables full of people that have been eating at Piccolo Angolo for years. We love it because it's the antithesis of every other restaurant within walking distance. There is nothing cool or buzzworthy happening here, just really good, classic Italian food that will make you happy and probably very fat. Order the lobster cannelloni and give thanks to the fact that you aren't having dinner a few blocks north, next to a bunch of people that just got off the Sex And The City walking tour.
This might be one of the best plates of Italian eating I've had in this town. It's a huge pasta noodle with lots of delicious lobster tucked under it, and is best when served with their vodka sauce. Don't come to Piccolo Angolo and not order this.
Ravioli di Formaggio
Another one of our favorites here, this is a delicate ravioli filled with ricotta cheese. It can be made decidedly less delicate by adding a whole bunch of meat sauce.
Lasagna al Forno
A classic and delicious plate of lasagna that could probably feed every model working fashion week. This should also be ordered with meat sauce.
Prosciutto with Melon
This is what we eat at Piccolo Angolo to balance out all that meat and pasta -more meat with some fruit. The melon slices are huge, and it's a nice way to kick things off.
Linguini alla Vongole
We're suckers for a good linguini with clams, and this is a great one. It can be ordered with white or red clam sauce...the red is particularly good.