A modern Italian-American institution in the UWS

NYC is awash in trendy spots hoping to become pioneers of the next big thing. But what if you’re craving something old-school—something feel-good familiar, like spaghetti and meatballs, fried chicken cutlets, or eggplant parm?

That’s when Pappardella comes into play.

For over three decades, the intimate Italian restaurant on the corner of West 75th and Columbus has been a staple of the neighborhood it calls home. Such longevity is rare in New York City. On the menu you’ll find plenty of classic Italian-American comfort cuisine, like chicken Milanese, pizzas, pastas, branzino, and veal Parmigiana, alongside lighter plates like prosciutto and melon with sea salt and fresh lemon, and carpaccio of beef tenderloin with arugula, shaved cheese, and hearts of palm. And let’s not forget the charm of the signature, namesake dish. The broad, large, flat noodles appear on the menu in three variations: pappardelle buttera, with sausage, peas, sage, and vodka sauce; pappardelle funghi e tartufo, with mushroom ragu, white wine, and truffle cream; and papparelle di manzo, with short rib ragu, kale, and lemon zest.

Each preparation features a perfectly soft, creamy, velvety pasta mouthfeel, toppings that provide just the right amount of umami and bite, and sauces that strike a subtle balance of acidic and sweet. A bowl of papperdelle here is akin to what your Tuscan grandmother would serve you during bomb cyclones of yesteryear—or just whenever you saw her, all the while urging you to pappare, or to gobble up your pappardelle to keep warm, full, and happy.

Diners looking for innovation will be pleased to know that Pappardella’s weekly specials give its chefs the opportunity to test out flavor profiles not typically found in traditional Italian fare, like pear and gorgonzola dolce pizza, or sautéed calamari with tomato jam, Swiss chard, raisins, and pine nuts (the latter has earned itself a spot on the everyday menu).

It’s hard to feel like you’re still in a bustling city with the aromas of tomato sauce and truffles wafting through the air, framed photos of Florence high up on the exposed brick walls around you, potted mandarin trees, and black tie-clad servers attending to you like a boss. But that’s exactly what you get at Pappardella, a Tuscan time machine of a restaurant that you’ll want to make your own.


Mon–Thu noon–11:30 PM; Fri noon–midnight; Sat 11 AM–midnight; Sun 11 AM–11 PM

price range

$22 (pollo Milanese) to $34 (agnello alla griglia)