I have a confession to make. I went to Posto Pubblico for lunch with a bunch of other press types, and while others ooh-ed and aah-ed over dishes like Bucatini or their Brooklyn sandwich or their mushroom trifolata (admittedly, delicious), I was more enamoured with their executive pastry chef, AJ Bellarosa, who not only has the best name ever (imagine that, Mrs ShoeGeek Bellarosa, doesn't that have such exotic flair?) but also is just the most adorable person ever.
Besides having eyelashes to die for and a smile to melt the coldest heart, Bellarosa and the rest of the New Yorker team, which includes Robert Spina and Todd Darling (note: also a great last name), are doing things differently by
The result is good-quality, wholesome New York Italian fare like the owners used to eat at home -- although admittedly, some of their homes featured New York restauranteurs, so it's not exactly like YOUR momma would have made. The pizzas are simple, the pasta consistent and there are more adventurous areas for those who wish to go there. But ladies, maybe just pay this place a visit to tell me if I'm crazy to be having this pastry-chef crush, or if he actually placed me under a spell by putting something in that dreamy lemony dessert thing.