this is what I'm looking for in an Italian - restaurant!
Having perused all of the suggestions for Italian, I still wonder where I can find a great Italian restaurant that
a) is relatively quiet (I don't know why so many NY restaurants insist on supplying the soundtrack to my dining life)
b) has great pastas, espescially the basics like garlic and olive oil or a seafood linguine with a good tomato sauce
c) can make a great chicken vesuvio (or maybe it's just called rosemary chicken - but definitely served with rosemary potatoes that are hopefully not greasy).
Thanking you in advance!
Sistina (1555 Second Ave., bet. 80th & 81st., 212-861-7660. It's (a) quiet and elegant and casual and intimate; (b) has superb pastas--particularly marvelous gnocchi and polenta wedges; (c) Would undoubtedly make Chicken Vesuvio if you call a day or two ahead (ask for Giuseppe Bruno, the owner). The other night, I had chicken breast chunks with serrano chili peppers, hot sausage hunks, and a fine velvety white wine gravy. But it seems there's nothing that kitchen can't do--and beautifully!