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Upper East Side ...great Italian food in traditional place? Lusardis, Campagnola, Nicola, Elios or Te Adoro??? HELP please!

Out of town friends want to eat Italian in this area...(I know, I know...) Spigolo is out as they want more of a classic, traditional menu. The food at Elio's is excellent but the place is very noisy and scen-ey. Of the others listed, I have heard good reports but have never been and wonder if anyone can point me in the right direction. Campagnola seems to be VERY (maybe too) expensive....but will consider if reports are great. Do not like Nino's.
I have been to Paola's and like it but am looking to venture into new territory....food is the main thing.....we will be eating (very)early so probably can get a table anywhere for tonight or tomorrow... OH..midtown east is also a possibility..... Te Adoro on 57th??? Thanks!

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  1. Campongola is great. Yes it is expensive but that is something u have to expect with the food and service u get. If u want to a great meal def go here

    1. Thanks..can you give me any tips on what to order at Campagnola?

      1. Ive nevere been disappointed with Lusardis. It small and the wait staff is charming. A little lighter on the pocket book than Campagnola.

        1. Yes def get mussels in white wine, veal parm, steak for two any pasta.. Make sure for dessert u get the neoplolian its the best in city. I challenge anyone to tell me diff

            1. re: Pupster

              We dined at Sfoglia about 2 months ago. I actually posted a review here. We were quite impressed with the food.

              1. re: RCC

                I would really like to try Sfoglia, but not with these people. They want the real traditional type place..I think Sfoglia menu would be too out there for them..give you an idea of who we are dealing with but never mind..... But I will do Sfoglia on my own asap, as it sounds interesting. How would you compare to Spigolo, if you have been there..atmosphere and, most important, food??? Thanks!

            2. I love Teodora on 57th Street. Food is very good. Service is hit or miss.

              1. Triangolo-80th near 1st

                1. Thanks, everyone! Will pass along the information...

                  1. Just wanted to report back and thank everyone for the help. We ended up at Elio's Friday night and it was a good choice, albeit pricey. Dinner for 4 came to almost $300 including tax but before tip. We had a 6pm reservation and asked for a table at the back to avoid some ofo the noise we knew would begin as time went by. Since it was a Friday night in July, the place never got all that noisy, in fact. I thought the service was good; they bring on the dishes a bit too fast but slowed down after we commented. The wine list is skewed toward high prices; I have no idea of the markup but there is not much under $50. So we went with glasses of house white (pg or Italian Sauvignon) and Australian cabernet.

                    Here is what four of us ate:

                    One order of fried calamari to share as app...very good, not greasy, very good maranara sauce on the side. But not the best I have had...(Landmarc's are better)

                    One salad...normal; good..radicchio/endive/sliced Reggiano on top

                    One special orichiette with rapini and sausage....SUPERB

                    One spaghetti with white clam sauce....very good. Other than the everyday marinara-sauced pastas, they do not offer half-orders which is a bit of a drag when you want to sample lots of dishes. Waiter suggested having leftovers for breakfast next day!!

                    One spaghetti fuitti di mare...fair, scallops were overcooked.

                    Two orders soft shell crabs. These were AMAZING..three small-ish crabs were perhaps the best I have had in NYC, ever. So meaty and just fabulous. Very high quality.

                    Coffee arrives with plate of excellent biscotti and cookies....wonder where they get these cause they are really good..will ask nextg time.

                    Yes, there will be a next time. Overall, the place is very, very good, if expensive. I would definitely stick with the specials next time. Our crabs and orichiette with rabe and sausage were on the specials menu and were outstanding. On my one prior visit, I had a special of head-on shrimp that I remember with longing a year later...these are on the menu whenever they can buy them, according to the waiter.

                    And I can have that spaghetti/clams for breakfast!