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Crysti Jun 27, 2006 03:42 PM

I live in Boston and am coming to New York for a week in the middle of July. We already have reservations at Dylan Prime (how is this by the way?) and I would love a recommendation for a high or mid end priced Italian restaurant. Something with an impressive wine list would be an added bonus. Please forgive my naivete as this will be my first visit to New York and I'm unsure of the best location in which to dine. We're staying at the Hudson Hotel but anywhere in Little Italy would be okay too.

Thanks a million!

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    chuckle Jul 3, 2006 03:58 PM

    I would never say "best" for Italian in New York, but try Lavagna on 5th street and B. Some traditional dishes some not. Oven-roasted artichoke, rigatoni with sausage and peas, white truffle pizza. Excellent wine list and a staff that relly likes wine. Casual and bustling dining room-lots of wood, mirrors, earth-tones, a couple of tables on the sidewalk. Medium pricey,(12-22$ entrees).

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      calypsogirl Jul 3, 2006 05:18 PM

      i really like babbo and they have an incredible wine list. it's an upscale and very popular italian restaurant by mario batali, so it can be quite hard to get reservations. but it's really delicious. another restaurant of his that is great is po. it is very tiny and cozy. i also really like il cantinori. it's tuscan cuisine and it is consistently good and the place is quite lovely. for something more downtown chic that is phenomenol and very interesting italian try falai (excellent desserts as well, like the baba au rhum) as well as the newer restaurant orchard. orchard has very very good gnocchi and it is a romantic spot.

      babbo
      110 waverly pl btwn 6th ave and macdougal

      po
      31 cornelia st at 6th ave

      il cantinori
      32 e. 10th st btwn 5th ave and broadway

      falai
      68 clinton st at rivington

      the orchard
      162 orchard st at stanton

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        sarahellis Jul 7, 2006 01:58 PM

        try 50 carmine on carmine street btwn bleecker and bedford. their pesto is amazing.

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          nycdeveloper Jul 14, 2006 10:51 PM

          il cantinori is by far the best italian dining experience in the City....great food, excellent service and great atmosphere..
          Also, deep in the belly is a place called Peasant..very good Tuscan. The brick oven bread with a ricotta cheese spread starts off a great meal..

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            fandad Jul 15, 2006 03:50 AM

            Piccolo Angolo at Hudson and Jane has always been my old stand-by.

            1. bigmackdaddy Jul 19, 2006 12:04 AM

              Tomasso on 86th Street between 14th Avenue and 15th Avenue in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.

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                Dizzyginger Jul 22, 2006 06:38 PM

                There are many, but I really need to add Vittorio Cucina to the list. There are several different menus within their menu book, each for a different region in Italy. And they have a fettucinni parmesan that they serve in a hollowed out parmesan wheel, out of which they remove chunks and mix into your pasta tableside. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

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