CHEF MASSIMO CAPRA, MISTURA
“I had heard of Leonardo Baldassarre from friends in Italy, and when I finally got to experience the hype, I was sorry I didn’t get to know him before.”
POST CITY’S TAKE: On most weekdays during lunchtime, a queue snakes out from a brick-clad building on an industrial strip. Inside, Famiglia Baldassarre makes what is arguably the best pasta in town, supplying a clutch of top restaurants with its fresh-made goods. Leandro Baldassarre, who got his pasta education at a Michelin-starred resto in Italy, doles out everything from chitarrine to rigatoni, classics to custom. Over the lunch hours, the space transforms into a 10-seater restaurant, which officially opened for business in 2018 after a stint serving under the table (blame the city’s red tape). Patrons slurp back everything from burrata-stuffed tortelli drenched in saffron butter to agnolotti filled with braised beef with sage and more butter. There are also spheres of fresh mozza and 24-month prosciutto di San Daniele D.O.P. to round out the indulgent midday meal. 122 Geary Ave.
L-R: Cappellaci and torteloni, Wallace Emerson’s hippest lunch spot