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Cattivella, the wood-fired Italian restaurant from former Panzano executive chef Elise Wiggins, translates to “naughty girl” in Italian, and the indulgent menu will definitely leave you feeling like you're breaking some rules. Start with the flatbread loaded up with 24-month aged prosciutto di parma, and then choose between the flame-kissed pizzas or pastas stuffed with veal, studded with guanciale, and coated in creamy sauces. Wash it all down with the Naughty Girl Gimlet, just $7 during happy hour.
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After 12 years as executive chef at Panzano, Elise Wiggins embarked on a journey to open a restaurant all her own. And that’s exactly what she did, funding the project completely on her own, investor-free. Cattivella, which translates to “naughty girl,” opened in 2017 and features a menu packed with dishes inspired by Wiggins’ years of travel in Italy. Along with wood-fired pizzas, charbroiled oysters, and fresh pasta, be sure to try some of Cattivella’s more unique offerings like the pasticcio, a layered dish filled with baked meatballs, tortellini, bolognese, bechamel, and caramelized parmigiano.