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Redneck Texans in search of quintessential Italian

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Yankeestuckintexas Dec 14, 2006 03:20 PM

Will be in NYC next Wednesday and would love some ideas for a romantic, quintessential Italian restaurant.

I am envisioning:
great fresh fish
would love fresh anchovies
white tablecloths
fireplace
candles
chianti
italian opera in background
cool neighborhood for afterdinner Irish coffee

Am I just dreaming?

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    sam1 RE: Yankeestuckintexas Dec 14, 2006 03:25 PM

    Depends on your price point...

    I like I Trulli in Murray Hill

    for something a lot less expensive, I dig La Piadina in the West Village.

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      Yankeestuckintexas RE: sam1 Dec 14, 2006 03:31 PM

      Thanks - hadn't considered I Trulli - only because there is an I Trulli in DC that I didn't care for. Have no idea if they are affiliated or not.

      Don't care about the price.

    2. NAtiveNewYorker RE: Yankeestuckintexas Dec 14, 2006 03:30 PM

      I think you must chose between quaint, historic, and Godfather.

      Quaint and good:
      Piccolo Angelo or Malatesta Trattoria or Valdino West. Village places with good food. Le Zie in Chelsea has great food too.

      Historic/Stereotype:
      Patsy's Restaurant (not Pizza) in midtown. Old haunt of Frank Sinatra's. Or Il Mulino in Little Italy. Both will have garlicky red sauce dishes (which I like) and other stereotypical trimmings.

      Right out of the Godfather:
      Fedora, on W. 4th. White tile floor. Been there forever. Mediocre food. (They could easily have an old style toilet with a chain pull, etc., etc. But they won't have the best veal in the city....)

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        surfer dude RE: Yankeestuckintexas Dec 14, 2006 07:38 PM

        'esca, or 'cesca, or whatever that Batalli joint venture is that specializes in fish. Look it up...

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          jth RE: Yankeestuckintexas Dec 15, 2006 05:52 PM

          Borgo Antico (Tuscan), 22 East 13th Street (near Union Square), Restaurant is located in a brownstone; nice, intimate dining room; good pasta and Italian-style game dishes; we’ve eaten there about 3-4 times over the years

          Basilica Italian Restaurant, 676 Ninth Avenue (47th St.), Never eaten there but it has been recommended by a friend. Reviews say it is a small, authentic family-style Italian restaurant...a good value. Maybe you’ll try it out and let me know?

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            raybird RE: Yankeestuckintexas Dec 15, 2006 08:16 PM

            pepolino in tribeca is one of my favorites for italian. definitely not of the historic or godfather category. very delicious food; homemade pastas, amazing meatballs.

            i also hear enthusiastic raves about da andrea but have not been there myself yet.

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