RE: Your Favorite at an Old-style Italian place
I grew up in Syracuse, where there's a really good Italian restaurant just about everywhere. Then, I moved south. First to NC, then to DC, where really good Italian is hard to find. Thankfully, there's Filomena in Georgetown. A little upscale for the mom and pop places I grew up on, but the food and the handmade pasta is excellent. At Filomena, since the pasta is handmade onsite, you simply must get the pasta. But, for Aunt Josie's in Syracuse, I go for the meatballs. They're to die for. So, what I order, often depends on the restaurant, even though many restaurants have a similar menu.