A crowded little Italian place on the UES. Sound familiar? It is. The funny thing is, we never get sick of decent, mid-priced pasta. Vespa has a true neighborhood flavor with walls adorned with random antique junk and friendly service. We wouldn’t recommend going there with any more than a four-person party, but bring a date, go there for a double date and enjoy the comfy atmosphere. Can you really go wrong with a joint named after a motor scooter? Probably not. [MF]

1625 2nd Ave.