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Satisfactory Pasta at Spina

Last night, my friend Wix and I were en route to redeem a ScoutMob deal when we discovered the restaurant was closed. Since we were in the mood for pasta, we decided to check out Spina on Ave B.

Spina had a happy hour going on til 8, so we took advantage of a meatball dish – 4 little meatballs for $5. These meatballs were a mix
of veal and beef and to be honest, were not too memorable. Sure the sauce was good, but the meatballs were just ok.

What we did enjoy was the $6 glasses of wine. I had a Spanish white wine (a Godello) which was light and crisp, while Wix settled for a malbec and said it was really good.

For our entrees, despite us both being the queens of splitsies, we both got the same dish – butternut squash gnocchi. Portions were the
perfect size – small enough that I could finish it, but not too big where I was stuffed. The sauce was a brown butter, sage and ricotta sauce which was good but like the meatballs, wasn’t that memorable.

Both of us admitted we liked the atmosphere as it was cute and cozy. By the time we left at 8:15, the place was packed. However, as far as
the food went, Spina was a great place to check out in a jam, but I wouldn’t actively plan my night around it.

The Basics
Name: Spina
Location: 175 Ave B at 11th Street
Who to Bring: Friends, Date
Price: $$$ With wine, tax, tip, entree and a split app, it cost me $32.  Most entrees were $15+.
Overall: Satisfactory. 3 stars. 

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