MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View
A waning sun over the twinkling East River; a chilled glass of Italian white in an ivy-covered garden: these are the details that set your heart in motion at this beloved little neighborhood trattoria. And, that’s long before you sink your teeth into their homemade dishes laced with pristine seasonal ingredients. La vita é bella, indeed. Aurora takes Italian cooking back to its rustic roots with simply dressed market greens; impeccably executed pastas; and beautifully seasoned meats and whole fish. A lovely plate of fave e pecorino arrives bursting with fresh fava beans, sharp pecorino and springy additions like fennel, pea shoots and mint; while a thick tangle of al dente spaghetti is paired with plump shrimp, chilies and a touch of mullet roe.