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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?