Mon - Fri: 12PM - 3PM
Sat: all day
For a "legitimate Italian" "fill-up", this Bastianich Restaurant Row "standby" supplies an "ever-popular" $23 bottomless pasta "binge" and a $25 wine list that "clinches the deal" for "tourists as well as in-the-know" locals; its "down-to-a-science" service is tailored to the "multitudes" who indulge "pre-show."
Taking grandma to see a Broadway show? She'll love Becco—and probably recognize chef Lidia Bastianach's name from her popular PBS program Lidia's Italy. Because of its proximity to the theater district on Restaurant Row, it's best to call ahead for a reservation on weekends—which they take up to a month in advance.
The all you-can-eat pasta special reigns supreme at Becco, and it makes for a perfect pre-theater meal, particularly if you're with a big group. For about $22.95 ($17.95 at lunch), you get your fill of three daily pasta preparations and a bottomless Caesar salad. Quality traditional Italian fare comes out of the kitchen with consistency, and without the pretense of more trendy restaurants. The bi-level space is cozy and traditional, and there are plenty of big tables for families, who seem to love it here. Try Becco's signature osso bucco, or get more adventurous with the grilled swordfish, served with spaghetti squash, stewed cherry tomatoes and toasted pumpkin seeds. Braver souls might enjoy the pan-seared calf's liver, which comes with caramelized onions, bacon, and a crispy on-the-outside polenta that will make you wonder why all polenta isn't prepared this way.
A/C/E to 42nd St. Port Authority; 1/2/3/7/N/Q/R to Times Square
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