Call 30 minutes before going to Testo, and there will be a reserved sign on one of the butcher paper-topped tables when you arrive. It’s just one of the things that make this neighborhood Italian spot feel like your neighborhood Italian spot. Others include a wine list almost entirely under $40 per bottle, big portions of housemade pastas, and fried calamari served with a totally unnecessary amount of tomato sauce. Use this cash-only spot in East Williamsburg for low-key dates, and share a couple of the piadine to start, which are basically flatbread sandwiches filled with cheese and cured meat.
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