This historic restaurant in NYC is among the most popular, especially among wine lovers. Paola's offers traditional Italian cuisine with a Roman accent. The menu revolves around Italy with dishes that are slightly adapted for the US public, but which retain the peculiarities and full character of Italy. The bucatini all'amatriciana, for example, displays an authentic texture and flavor. Do not miss the polpettine alla romana (pork meatballs, tomato sauce, savory ricotta and pecorino cheese), trofie genovesi traditional ligurian hand - rolled trofie pasta and the roasted 'pollastrello' from the Hudson valley, trofie genovesi with fresh basil pesto, liguine alle vongole and calamari in padella. The service is excellent, the location is elegant, and the wine list is more than vast, well-structured, and modernized by the volcanic Romolo Algeni. The wine list deserves a special mention: so many labels and vintages are available! Impressive and continually updated, with many top-notch Italian producers. Reading through the names on the list, one can sense a great amount of work in research that goes into finding labels that are hard to find, but of great quality. Research that touches not only Italian wine, but has an international perspective.