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May 14, 2007 12:27 PM

Best bang-for-your-buck Italian in city?

Staying mid-town, was thinking traditional Italian. Thanks for any suggestions.

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  1. Becco, on Restaurant Row, has unlimited servings of their 3 daily pastas (served straight from the pan) for $22.
    I also like Basilica on 9th ave. and 47th. Tasty homemade dishes and sometimes a free appetizer or glass of wine if management is in the mood.

      1. re: nikky

        becco is definitely decent. give it a shot.

      2. I'll second Basilica but definitley not Becco! Never again will we go to Becco, but if we're forced to go I will never again have the pasta special.

        Basilica is a nice little place that serves a nice meal.

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        1. re: Brian W

          I agree with you, Brian W. I've crossed Becco off our list. Very mediocre pastas and an intolerably high noise level that makes conversation without shouting impossible.

          Roberto Passon, on the corner of 9th Av. & 50th St., serves very good food, and the atmospherics are pleasant. One caveat: Servers recite the specials without prices, so if any are appealing, it's imperative to ask the cost in order to avoid possible sticker shock when the bill arrives.

          Trattoria Trecolori has finally re-opened in their new location on 47th St., b/t B'way & 8th Av. It's been about a year and it was sorely missed because the food was always well-prepared and tasty. Excellent pastas and seriously delicious tiramisu.

        2. Does the City mean Manhattan only? Are you looking for inexpensive or will moderate ($75+ pp with wine) with excellent food do as well? Because if you will leave Manhattan and go a bit up in price, I think that Roberto's in the Arthur Ave. neighborhood is the best Italian value in the City.

          If you are staying in Manhattan and are looking in the $50 range, I'd suggest Le Zie. Venetian food on 7th Ave and 21 St.

          1. Becco is very tourtisy. The vibe is hectic and the room I was in on my last visit was way overlit. The all you can eat pastas were tasty but the stuff-your-face aspect of it is a little unappealing. I'm not really into that place. Basilica is a good neighborhood place. Roberto Passon is the best in the neighborhood and very reasonably priced.