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layla Mar 27, 2002 11:30 AM

hello all -
i am trying to get together a group of picky people for dinner and figure italian is always a safe bet - i've seen so many places along ninth avenue (40s and 50s) but its hard to tell whats good and whats mediocre.
does anyone have any recommendations?
thanks so much!

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    anil Mar 28, 2002 02:27 AM

    Anna's It is a really small place. It used to open
    only for dinners, now they have started doing Lunch too.

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      Deb Van D Mar 27, 2002 05:50 PM

      I enjoy Amarone, east side of Ninth Ave, betw/45-46th. They have expanded and are able to serve more diners now, lovely menu, although it can get a little noisy.

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        d Mar 27, 2002 12:37 PM

        all i know is avoid cara mia.

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          tamara Mar 27, 2002 02:34 PM

          Pietrasanta on the NW corner of 47th and Ninth Ave is pretty reliable. And some people on this thread have spoken well of La Locanda, a couple of blocks higher up Ninth Ave, though I haven't eaten there myself.

          1. re: tamara
            The Turtle (Bay) Dove Mar 28, 2002 01:07 PM

            I don't have a better reccomendation to make, but I ate at Pietrasanta last night and was underwhelmed. Nothing was bad - the service was quite good for pre-theatre rush - the price was right - but the food was just ok. The calamari in my dish was lovely, sweet, and tender, but nothing else worth praising.

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