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My friends wanted to go to Little Italy....

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They're coming from GA and wanted to have dinner in Little Italy on Friday night before they meet up with my wife and I.

While I know enough to tell them to stay away, I'm not sure I know of any good, moderately priced Italian alternatives although we often go to Noodle Pudding in Bklyn Heights or Malatesta in the West Village.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    1. I like Le Zie in Chelsea and Osteria del Sole in the WV.

        1. re: Lucia

          I definitely second Crispo. I had a wonderful dinner there last week. I posted about it.

        2. Frankies on Clinton, Max, Franks, Lil Frankies, Lupa (a tad more expensive than those), The Orchard - those should get you started.

          1. I agree with some of the previous recommendations, but why not a few more? How about Enoteca Barbone, Bianca, Apizz, or Peasant?

            1. I love Lavagna, very off the beaten path and candlelit.

              If you're in the UES, try Caffe Buon Gusto, they take cash only. Pastas are hearty and the meat is GOOD.

              I've been to La Mela for a friend's bday. I don't think I have EVER seen such huge portions in my life! Your friends will prob get a kick out of it :)

              1. Here is my stock answer for Little Italy requests:

                BEST:
                Angelos on Mulberry Street
                Il Cortile 125 Mulbery Street
                Il Palazzo 151 Mulberry Street

                GOOD:
                Benito II, 163 Mulberry St
                Vincents
                SPQR

                CLEVER:
                Dinner in nolita - Va tutto or Peasant - then walk the few blocks and have cannoli at Ferraras