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mpnorbis Sep 28, 2006 05:12 PM

My folks are in town for the weekend and they want to go to a good, cheap italian restaurant (anywhere on the island) with a relaxed atmosphere (ie where they can sit around, drink wine and chat into the wee hours) ... any suggestions? Thank you - m

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    bobby06877 Sep 28, 2006 10:26 PM

    Da Andrea would fit nicely. Great value and decently priced wine list.

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      billyeats Sep 28, 2006 09:22 PM

      I highly recommend MALATESTA at Washington & Christopher.

      1. Nosher Sep 28, 2006 08:10 PM

        The wee hours restriction makes it more difficult-- I would have recommended Via Emiglia, but they close at 11:00 or so.

        Nosher

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          hardcore Sep 28, 2006 07:37 PM

          i would say that most of the responses to your question so far have pointed you in the direction of mediocre to bad food..with the exception of Lupa, Cacio e Pepe (although inconsistent) and Max(Crispo is way overrated)...But Max is very East Villagey, Lupa is annoyingly packed...You should go by Barbuto..inexpensive and usually very good

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            Lucia Sep 28, 2006 08:10 PM

            I've only had incredibly mediocre food at Barbuto. People have different tastes.

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              alex70 Sep 28, 2006 10:09 PM

              The only real stand out dish at Max is the lasanga (please excuse my spelling)!

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              Lucia Sep 28, 2006 07:15 PM

              Cacio e Pepe, Crispo, Otto, Lupa, Max, Piccolo Angolo, Enoteca Barbone, Le Zie (I've had better luck taking out than eating in, oddly), Basso Est, Via Emilia. I've had a good pasta dish at Piadina as well, but that was just one item once, so I'm cautious to recommend it.

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                wleatherette Sep 28, 2006 08:04 PM

                i used to eat at piadina fairly often when i lived around the corner. very good, and from what i've heard it hasn't changed. i like assenzio as well.

              2. 280 Ninth Sep 28, 2006 05:21 PM

                Hmmm...I'd like to know this, too!

                Cheap Italian, passable, in Chelsea, would include Cola's and Intermezzo, both on 8th Avenue in the teens and twenties. Also, Arte Pasta on Greenwich St. in the Village. None of these will wow your folks, but you won't leave with an empty wallet and an aching stomach, either....

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                  chow_gal Sep 28, 2006 05:17 PM

                  How abut Frankie's Spuntino? The new Clinton Street location - an offshoot of the Brooklyn spot.

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                    ben61820 Sep 28, 2006 05:14 PM

                    what classifies as cheap? i would say that LUPA is great for the atmosphere youre describing. its not exactly cheap, tho. check their website, they have their menu with prices listed. its a great place, great atmosphere, nice service, wonderful real italian (NOT italianamerican) food, etc. i would say that, with wine, youll be spending approx 50 bux a person. that would be with dessert, too. probably.

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