Corto is like a communal pool, or a neighbor who’s always willing to dogsit when you’re away. It’s a neighborhood amenity you’re grateful to have. This BYO Italian spot, which feels like someone’s living room, works for pretty much any type of casual weeknight dinner, and because the menu constantly changes, you can come once a week without getting bored. The rigatoni with pancetta or the malfadini with speck should always be on your table, but you can’t go wrong with any of the housemade pastas.
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