I heard about Via Della Pace restaurant from a Groupon deal that I shared with a friend. The place is very cozy, and quiet. It has a very home like atmosphere, and the sunlight made it even more relaxing. I ordered the Ligere Bruschetta, which is shrimp, avocado, and spicy mustard on a toasted baguette slice. The lightness of the shrimp, the creaminess and the spiciness seemed to complement each other perfectly. And, I also had my favorite Italian dish, Fusili Al Pesto. It was also very tasty.
I would recommend it to all of my friends, and to you to take a small walk from your East Village Apartments buildings to Via Della Pace.