If you're in Old City, there are plenty of places to enjoy a proper meal whether you're looking for something on the level of Stephen Starr with Continental, good pub fare in the form of Khyber Pass, or amazing Szechuan a la Han Dynasty. On one of our leisurely jaunts through the neighborhood, the GF and I couldn't help but notice Pizzicato, which seemed to feature Italian food with various pizzas and pastas on offer.
Italian bread was provided with a pat of olive oil and balsamic on the side. Fairly standard but appreciated!
The caprese salad came with mozzarella, half-moon sliced tomatoes, and spring mix, topped with balsamic. However, the salad seemed to missing one element, which was the fragrant basil. A chiffonade of spring mix made for a poor basil replacement to say the least.
Truffled Fries [$6]
Crispy with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
The fries lacked crispiness on the outside, but there was a chewiness to the spuds that I appreciated. The truffle oil was thankfully not overly permeated, yet clearly there. The fries were nicely seasoned and the bits of Parm Reggiano were enjoyable!
Portobello, porcini, shiitake, truffle oil cream sauce
Unfortunately, the pasta almost ruined the experience. You could clearly see the liquid that the tagliatelle is sitting in. While the pasta was nicely seasoned and had bite, the truffle oil "cream sauce" was more of a greasy, oil-laden broth that surprisingly did not emanate much truffle, if any. We're not the type to send things back, especially at a place like this, but we were debating it.
Eggplant Pizzette [$10]
Eggplant, ricotta, tomato
Considering the other offerings in the city, I wouldn't recommend Pizzicato as a "destination" for a proper slice either. I appreciated the thin crust and while the dough had a nicely chewy texture, there was no seasoning at all, even in the poorly roasted eggplant and bland ricotta. A sprinkling of plenty of salt, chili flakes, and Parmesan helped to make it palatable.
Overall, Pizzicato seems to be properly situated for tourists who are in the Old City area. But for those in the know, there's a reason why other options in the area are more frequented. Still, if you're itching for standard Italian without the oomph, Pizzicato does offer 15% off if you mention their website or Facebook.