BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT (CHEAP) - 2002
What is Italian food? Is it the food they're eating in Turin, in Orvieto, in Genoa right this very minute? Or is it the Southern Italian immigrant cuisine that developed in American cities after World War I? When Italians and Germans lived side by side in the factory neighborhoods around Lowertown and started putting sauerkraut on pizza, did that stop being Italian? Who knows? The bottom line is that we really like meatballs. Meatballs and red sauce. Call it marinara, but push us and we're gonna start calling it gravy. Sweet, sweet gravy and big, fluffy, where-have-you-gone-Joe DiMaggio meatballs. That's the stuff. Big, fluffy Mama's-in-the-kitchen meatballs that fill you with a sense of well-being and a vague desire to get married. Meatballs. For cheap. With all the money you save here--figure on getting out the door for less than $10 a head, no kidding-- you can save up for a plane ticket to Milan, and settle the question about what Italian food is.