Success can be a double-edged sword. Despite the existence of four other Italian spots within a block, when my wife and I stepped in to Oh! My Pasta, the new restaurant at 142 Montague St (the old TAZE space), it was filling up rapidly, and didn’t have a table to spare by 8 PM. Pretty good for a place that’s been open less than a week. Unfortunately, the crowd seemed to be more than the staff could keep up with. Order taking was delayed, some patrons became frustrated. Our food items were mixed up (we received a pasta CARBONARA rather than a CAPONATA appetizer at one point). The staff was so overworked that empty tables were left uncleared as more urgent matters were dealt with, and it took my wife ten minutes to get a fork for her second course (not for lack of asking), after which TWO appeared.
That said, the food was delicious, especially the freshly made pastas (a signature point of the restaurant’s owner, and his Executive Chef Steven Lecchi). The menu has a limited number of appetizers, 15 pasta dishes from Puglian recipes, four salads, seven vegetable dishes (good either as appetizers or contorni, and main course of the day and a handful of desserts. I enjoyed a flavorful chickpea puree with roasted chicory (a green found in any restaurant in Italy, but relatively rare here) and garlic, and cavatelli pasta with garlic, tomatoes and pancetta; my wife had the aforementioned caponata (eggplant, olive, capers and tomato) and tagliolini with Sicilian pesto.
Oh, My Pasta is a promising addition to the neighborhood, and a nice change from the “American” Italian food (the waiter’s term, not mine) nearby. But, before going in, I’d give them a week to settle in — maybe two.
(A liquor license has been approved but the paperwork isn’t in yet, so for the moment it’s BYOB)