This Pac Heights Trattoria’s catchphrase could be “When You’re Here, You’re Family” if a certain breadstick-filled chain hadn’t trademarked and bastardized the sentiment. The pasta dishes at Jackson are simple and straightforward, but taste like they are made with love (in this context love means generous portions of cream and cheese). Start with the calamari and work your way through everything from the carbonara to the gnocchi, and keep it in mind for your next weeknight group dinner - reservations aren’t too hard to come by.
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