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jarrich Jun 19, 2007 12:09 PM

Any recommendations for good, reasonable Italian food in the east 70's-90's?

  1. Toot Jun 19, 2007 12:16 PM

    Triangolo, very good and inexpensive, 83rd bet. 1st and 2nd aves.

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      mikka Jun 19, 2007 02:33 PM

      We like Uva and Vespa, especially in the summer months when we can enjoy their gardens. Not exactly the best Italian I've had, but always solid and both can be reasonable, depending on your definition of resonable.

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        emilie01 Jun 19, 2007 02:36 PM

        I like Grotta del Mare - 77th between 1st and 2nd.

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          italiana3 Jun 19, 2007 09:28 PM

          Sette Mezzo on Lex....I think it is off of 77th street...Fantastic!
          Paola's is another great one. I think it is on 84 street between 2 and 3rd. Check the addresses. Sette Mezzo can be pricey

          1. re: italiana3
            fauchon Jun 20, 2007 04:59 AM

            Sette Mezzo is excellent...love their clam pasta...it's on Lex between 70th & 71st...be warned in advance that they take CASH ONLY & can be pricey...

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              MMRuth Jun 20, 2007 05:00 AM

              Yes, the I love the vongole too. The specials are particularly pricey - worth asking the price. Also, I've found that the wines by the glass are lousy and expensive.

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                fauchon Jun 20, 2007 06:57 AM

                I agree about the wines-by-the-glass...très cher & très lousy...

            2. re: italiana3
              MMRuth Jun 20, 2007 04:59 AM

              I like the food at Sette Mezzo as well - note that they only take cash or checks, unless you have a house account.

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            UES Mayor Jun 20, 2007 04:55 AM

            The best in Italian cuisine is Spigilo by far!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I dine there at least 5-6 times a week-phenomenal food-must have reservations for inside but first come first served on bar and outdoors.

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              italiana3 Jun 20, 2007 08:26 AM

              Sette Mezzo also has amazing Veal Milanese. The place next door is pretty good too...it is called Bella Blu. IT is not as fine as SEtte MEzzo, but they have good brick oven pizza. Also, my cousin just told me about a new great ITalian on the upper east side...something like Mammina or something like that. They were raving about it.

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                italiana3 Jun 20, 2007 08:46 AM

                Oh...and Quattro GAtti is very good. Not a trendy place...but the food is good. I think it is on 81st between 2nd and 3rd

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