If the flour-dusted pasta cook in the front window doesn’t lure you into Tortello, the counter-service restaurant’s breezy vibe should. This place has the feel of a storefront pastificio on a side street in Rome, complete with a powder-blue Vespa hanging from the ceiling. Executive chef Duncan Biddulph is turning out some of the city’s most creative pastas, all made in-house, like Burrata-stuffed tortelli, slicked with butter and accented with sage and crunchy hazelnuts, or baked pappardelle with a braised duck sugo. Tortello is also a shop, so buy a squash, kale, and ricotta lasagna to bake at home — it’s available only to go.
Update:Tortello has reopened its patio and is also offering carryout and delivery. At the restaurant, they’ve expanded grocery offerings beyond pasta and sauces to include eggs, flour, and housemade products like peppers sott’olio. You can also order Tortello-prepared pasta meal kits like rigatoni with ragu via Foxtrot, Olivia’s Market, Totto’s Market, and Paulette’s Public Market.