Midtown Post - - Chefs Pick -

“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

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