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Casual italian place - downtown to midtown

brianbkny Dec 4, 2006 03:39 PM

something casual with a normal italian menu, nothing fancy. anywhere from soho to midtown.

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    hungrylikeawolf RE: brianbkny Dec 4, 2006 03:44 PM

    Da Ciro is really good.

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      centrejack RE: brianbkny Dec 4, 2006 04:48 PM

      Lupa is well known but casual.

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        ChuToro RE: brianbkny Dec 4, 2006 04:52 PM

        Do yourself a favor and hit Johns on 12th street between 2nd and 1st (East Village). It is amazing, not fancy at all, and you will leave full. Order the Avacado Bruchetta (not on the menu), truly amazing!

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          bobby06877 RE: ChuToro Dec 4, 2006 08:29 PM

          Do you know if Johns uses handmade pasta? I have wanted to try them for some time and that would be a clincher.

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            ChuToro RE: bobby06877 Dec 5, 2006 01:21 AM

            I don't know Bobby, if I had to guess, I'd say that everything they use is fresh and handmade. It's great for groups.

        2. NAtiveNewYorker RE: brianbkny Dec 4, 2006 05:08 PM

          Bianca! Great lasagne. Nice place. Not too expensive.

          1. NiKoLe1625 RE: brianbkny Dec 5, 2006 02:31 AM

            otto. one of mario's places. its pizza, pasta and salad. plus dessert. everything is pretty basic!!

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              piccola RE: brianbkny Dec 5, 2006 02:57 AM

              Max. Or maybe Da Andrea.

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