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Nov 16, 2006 12:08 AM

need help for little italy

im in a pickle. girlfriend wants to go to a nice restaurant in little italy (college st) that has a nice romantic ambiance. me, i tend to avoid that area. i vaguelly remember kalander a few years back, but while she wants ambiance, i want a decent place that serves great food for decent prices. please help or i will die.

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  1. Trattoria Giancarlo is a possibility... but it's been a long time since I've been there, so I can't vouch for the food.
    Langolino, also on Clinton, on the other side of College, is a cheaper possibility. Food is decent but not spectacular.

    1. I second Trattoria Giancarlo, I think it's the best place in the 'hood, but it is a bit pricier, so I'm not sure if that will suit your requirements.

      1. I'd go with Langolino - intimate oh so tasty.

        1. Well, lets see...considering that there are not many 'real' restaurants on the Little Italy strip of College (sad), you will have to venture a touch east and head to Xacutti for great food and super romantic ambiance, or try Arthurs near by for the new hipster place. Giancarlo is ok, but too pedestrian. Wouldnt take a date there. Gamelle, also on the east side is very warm and romantic with pretty good food.

          Xacutti, Arthurs or Gamelle!

          1. Maybe Cataplana? It isn't trendy, but there are candles on the tables and has a definite European ambiance that I think could be romantic in an understated way.They were also playing Portuguese music the night I was there, which might have added to the ambiance. The seafood was cooked perfectly, and the servings were generous.

            Regina Trattoria is another option if you want low-key Italian in Little Italy. Again,it isn't exactly over the top romantic,and it isn't trendy or hip, but there were a lot of couples there the night I went. Sort of reminded me of the type of restaurant where Lady and the Tramp could share their spaghetti, romantically. Reasonable prices for College.