Civic Center

Sole di Capri

Down in Tribeca, where a good cheap lunch is hard to find, Sole di Capri is a bit of a godsend. The Ecuador-born, Torino-trained chef-owner Eddy Erazo's cooked-to-order pastas infuse the air with the most delightful aroma of garlic and herbs, and his deep-seated dedication to la cucina Italiana seems to exceed that of the average Italian nonna. There are grab-and-go tramezzini at lunch, an antipasto case full of vegetables and salads, and soft, milky mozzarella that’s made in-house (as are the excellent olive-oil cookies). But if you’re smart, you’ll try two of the best pastas you’re likely to find downtown, or at least below Canal Street: penne tossed with sweet cherry tomatoes imported from Capri ($8.50), and tagliatelle awash in an olive-oil-based sauce of anchovies, walnuts, garlic, and pecorino ($8.95). — Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld

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