Bencotto Italian Kitchen
Bencotto sets the bar high for fine Italian food, even in the heart of Little Italy. The menu showcases pasta with an option that lets you choose your sauce and type, the latter of which includes fresh strands made with semolina or whole-wheat flour, filled varieties like spinach ravioli and gorgonzola gnocchi, and artisanal pasta that's slowly dried at a low-temperature until it achieves an al dente texture. The ambience is well suited for date night -- as are shared plates liked saffron risotto balls and burrata.
If you’re on a pasta pilgrimage, Bencotto is your temple. Inspired by Milanese and Northern Italian cuisine, the restaurant produces about 1,000 pounds of fresh pasta in-house every week—which it used to make signature dishes like Tagliatelle al Nero di Seppia (black squid ink fettuccine in spicy shrimp bisque) and Ravioli al Tartufo (ricotta- and porcini-stuffed pockets in truffle cream sauce). You can also opt for the weekly rotating pasta that’s tossed in a 60-pound wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, or simply order “pasta your way,” which allows you to choose your own noodles and sauce with the option to add proteins like chicken or meatballs. No matter what you’re ordering, there’s no way you’re leaving Bencotto without devouring a giant plate of noodles.
How to book: Walk-ins welcome, although making reservations online is highly recommended. Order pickup or delivery via their website.