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Dec 20, 2006 03:50 PM

Best Italian UWS? but also kid friendly/upscale casual

Best Italian in UWS that is kid friendly/upscale casual?

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  1. Spiga.. Best Italian food.. Its not a family restaurant, but if your child or children are well behaved it wouldnt be a problem

    1. San Luigi at 75th and Amsterdam. It's recently opened and I've not eaten there yet, but the menu looks good and fairly "American" Italian, the space (formerly Gabriella's, then Mama Goo's) is open and looks kid-friendly. Apparently the place has flat screen TVs on which you can watch your food being cooked. Fairly good reviews at

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      1. re: wiessner1

        lots of kids each time I ate at San Luigi - very average food and shoddy service, but should work.

        Celeste is a good option, but a bit cramped. You might look at Gennaro as well.

        Of course, there's always Patsy's Pizza..

      2. hmm...celeste is casual and kid friendly. not really "upscale" but the food is delicious.

        1. i've eaten at san luigi. yup, average and shoddy service!!! it's unfortunate b/c it shows some promise for one reason or another. patsy's might be your best bet but it's not really upscale. bertolla and pomidoro are both excellent and upscale but neither strike me as being particularly kid-friendly places. you might want to take a peak and judge for yourself. celeste is good but, i agree, cramped. several people like carmine's on bdwy and w80s but i can't recommend it for good italian food (maybe b/c i'm italian). it is a fun experience with huge, family-style portions - definitely kid-friendly. i will keep thinking about this one. curious to see what the others say. hmmmm.... i'm now thinking pomodoro may really be your best bet. check it out on i don't disagree with the genarro reco. oh, and then there's sambuca (across from the dakota on w72 bet CPW and columbus.) definitely kid-friendly, somewhat upscale and family style portions but the food isn't fabulous. place is really nice inside, though. i live closeby. it's always packed. i'm curious to hear what you decide and how it works out.

          1. Not upscale but pleasant atmosphere, good service, good food, good wine and kids are there all the time--Pizzabolla--Amsterdam and 92 Street.

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            1. re: Ken J

              i was gonna recommend this place as well but felt i was rambling too much. i agree.