Omnivore - Noni's now open

Noni's Italian Deli and Bar (357 Edgewood Ave., 404-915-8679) has joined the restaurant boom in the Old 4th Ward. I've been twice and found most of the food enjoyable, especially this starter of fresh peas with shaved pecorino and a few thin slices of onion (which I removed from my bowl).

Another starter, a fritto misto, featuring eggplant, green beans and squash, was also likable (right).

I also liked a BLT made with arugula instead of lettuce and aioli instead of mayo, served on ciabatta. A bowl of homemade tagliatelle with puttanesca sauce, to which I added some locally made fennel sausage, was good too, if a bit sticky.

The space is great looking, with a huge bar and a very pleasant patio out back. The staff is great and prices are dirt-cheap. Look for a column about it next week. Meanwhile, let us hear your own reports.

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