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Any good Italian near Webster Hall?

orzabelle Jan 19, 2007 12:22 AM

DH and I have a babysitter and a date, and I want to go somewhere homey, with good glasses of wine, but reasonable prices (less than $100 for sure).

I was thinking Max or Frank (hope I don't offend anyone - we live in Queens and never get to go out in Manhattan), but maybe there is somewhere newer and better?


  1. nyufoodie Jan 25, 2007 02:59 PM

    If you like lasagna...I'd go to Max...it's better than Bianca's plus the tiramisu there is better as well. Bianca has the nicer service and maybe nicer ambience - less rustic than Max. But, food wise, I think Max still has a slight edge and there both relatively cheap.

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    1. re: nyufoodie
      TipsyMcStagger Jan 25, 2007 03:23 PM

      Is Bianca still cash only?


      1. re: TipsyMcStagger
        janethepain Jan 26, 2007 07:33 AM


    2. EJC Jan 25, 2007 05:58 AM

      For well executed red-sauce italian - check out John's of 12th St (@ 2nd Ave). Good food, nice people, nearby.

      1. NAtiveNewYorker Jan 25, 2007 05:49 AM

        Bianca. and get the lasagne.

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        1. re: NAtiveNewYorker
          janethepain Jan 25, 2007 06:32 AM

          I second both Cacio e Pepe and Bianca - ate at them two nights in a row. We ordered a bunch of dishes at Cacio, but the standout that night was the Rigatoni with Quail and blueberries. At Bianca, I really enjoyed my lasagne.

        2. nyufoodie Jan 24, 2007 07:18 PM

          My vote will be Cacio o Pepe on 2nd Ave. bet. 12th and 13th St. which is not that far from Webster Hall.

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            Pan Jan 23, 2007 10:56 PM

            If newer matters to you, don't go to Col Legno. However, if you want good, honest Tuscan food at around $30/person in relaxing surroundings, go. 9th St. a bit west of 2nd Av.

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              Mike R. Jan 19, 2007 01:01 PM

              Close enough geographically and (I think) in price, "Il Cantinori" on East 10th around University Place. Anyone been lately?

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                Lucia Jan 19, 2007 12:27 AM

                Many would recommend Bianca. I've only been once and thought it was nothing special.

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