What you’re getting: Burrata and asparagus with truffles
So many places serve burrata, but it’s not always excellent. The chef at Guido de Luca jazzes it up with green asparagus, summer truffles, and hazelnut oil, so look for it on the menu if it’s in season. Otherwise, fancier Italian dishes like risotto with artichokes and a shrimp carpaccio and homelier plates like lasagna with seasonal vegetables fill a perfectly diverse, yet unintimidating menu.
What you’re getting: Its desserts
One of four Italian places owned by the same people, La Trattoria Pulcinella is the local favorite. With pizza, antipasti, and pasta, it has all of the trappings of a great Italian meal, but the desserts -- all proudly identified as homemade -- seal the deal. If they were only so-so, we’re sure they wouldn’t brag about making them. Right?