Last week I went back to Italy (maybe it was only in my mind) and it felt great! The Italian Homemade Company really felt like something straight from “the boot”.
The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
Really nice people and great homemade food. Will definitely be back. Beware: closed Mondays!
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:
This little gem has only been open for 2 months. The owners are adorable, true Italians who have been in the U.S. for a year and decided to delight us with their skills. The space is both a restaurant and market; they have a few Italian goodies (sauces, coffee, dried pasta, olive oil) that line the wall and occupy the table in the center of the room.
For their menu items, they serve ready-made dishes (such as lasagna) or items to order (such as cassone). A cassone is street food that originated in Rimini (where one of the owners is from). Everything is homemade and hand crafted. They also have a pasta lab, which they use to make all their pastas by hand. When you walk in, to your left, there is a pasta refrigerator that holds their fresh pastas (ravioli, tagliatelle, pappardelle, etc…), you can either take these to go or eat them there. It’s simple: choose your pasta, choose your sauce, and wait to be teleported to Italy.
The pasta varies daily, if you are looking for something in specific I would suggest you call before dropping by. On Thursday, for example, they did not have gnocchi. One of the owners, Alice, makes the pasta herself, so be willing to try what’s available, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
While this is mostly a take-out place, they do have 3 small, round tables with a few barstools and a counter that fits a few people.
What I ate:
- Pesto tagliatelle ($11)
This is the best pesto I have had on this side of the Atlantic. I visited Italy a few months ago and developed an addiction to Ligurian pesto, it’s unlike anything I’ve ever tasted (same with gnocchi). Since then, I compare everything to that and this is by far the closest any other pesto has come. The pasta was cooked to perfection and the pesto was great! Alice mentioned she had just made the sauce a couple hours before and, trust me, you could taste it. The freshness of their ingredients and preparation really set this gem apart from the countless restaurants in Little Italy. I am in love with the vibe of this place and how warm and inviting the owners are. You can tell they take great pride in the food they serve as this definitely comes through in the service, presentation, and taste. Overall, it was a great experience, one I will be looking to have again. I am excited about trying their gnocchi and lasagna (it looked amazing) in the near future!