Intimate Italian - Sauces and Artichokes
Any suggestions for a quiet, delicious Italian place - yummy but not fancy? We love Florentine steaks, and great sauces, also artichokes.
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Bianca is a solid recommendation based on the quality of its food but it is not quiet. (unless you consider eating early at 6:00 when it is not full)It is a cramped place. You might want to consider Teodora, owned by the same people that run Bianca. It is larger but the upstairs sitting area, especially in the back, can be quiet and intimate. They have a great but simple artichoke salad and some other dishes which include artichokes. They also have a very good steak dish on their menu.
Really try Perbacco, 4th b/w A-B. The sauce is unbelievable - the meatballs, lasagne and the bologense are ridiculous and very authentic.
Otherwise, you should definately go to Luna on 70th and Lex. Became friends with chef, who is Italian but trained in Paris and catered my best (little Italian) friend's wedding.