Pappardelle is not my favorite pasta by any means, but I will order it because it reminds me of my mom. It is her pasta of choice, and she will order it whenever she can. Pappardelle always makes me think of going out to eat with my mom, dad and dog at our favorite Italian restaurant back home. Somehow, eating it always brings me back to that and reminds me of being home with my family.
When I saw there was a pappardelle pancetta special at Lil’ Frankie’s, I ordered it so I could have that brief feeling of being home with my parents. And for a short moment inside a tightly-packed, dark Italian restaurant in the Lower East Side, I thought of eating Italian food outside under the sun and palm trees back in Florida. This pappardelle was good, but I thought there could have been more pancetta in it. The pancetta was cut so it looked like sausage, which I found a little odd. I really enjoyed the peas in it because it added a nice fresh element.
Food has the ability to create memories, and eating that dish can help bring back those moments. The pappardelle at Lil’ Frankie’s was not quite as good as the place I go to back home, but maybe it’s just because the place in Florida is so special from all those memories.
Address: 19 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003
Phone number: 212-420-0040
Price: $$ Expensive. Cash only.
Hours: Mon-Thur 4 PM-2 AM; Fri 4 PM-4 AM; Sat 11 AM-4 AM, Sun 11 AM-2 AM
Service: The service was decent. Our waiter couldn’t tell me how much my entree cost. He said it was around $20, which is unhelpful. We also asked him if he could give us two separate checks and he said he couldn’t because we have to pay in cash. That doesn’t make sense, though, because we just wanted two separate bills to be able to pay in cash.
Atmosphere: Cozy, warm, dark and intimate. It’s a little tight for space, though.