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mah626 Jun 22, 2007 07:36 AM

what are your favorite italian restaurants below midtown???

  1. princeofpork Jun 22, 2007 07:57 AM

    Not sure where "midtown" ends but I would say
    Novita for upscale and Apizz for casual

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      kobetobiko Jun 22, 2007 12:26 PM

      Babbo, Del Posto, and Hearth

      If 26th Street is "below Midtown", then I will include A Voce.

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        princeofpork Jun 25, 2007 10:44 AM

        Kobe, is Hearth really considered Italian? I ate there 2x and never got the traditional Italian feel.

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          kobetobiko Jun 25, 2007 11:37 AM

          I considered Heath as contemporary Italian (definitely not traditional Italian). Some may argue that it is new American with Italian influence, so it is a fine line.

          It's same for a lot of the restaurants out there; while others may call EMP New American, I really consider it more contemporary French.

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            jsmitty Jun 25, 2007 04:18 PM

            i never much cared what a restaurant was characterized as.....

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              Blumie Jun 25, 2007 06:46 PM

              ... except that the OP specifically asked about Italian.

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        trvln light Jun 22, 2007 12:47 PM

        Po - delicous and reasonably priced

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          Blumie Jun 22, 2007 12:51 PM

          Le Zie, for a more casual and affordable neighborhood place. Seventh Avenue and 21st Street.

          1. jrazzle Jun 22, 2007 06:13 PM

            I really like Barbone (E. Village) and Piccolo Angolo (W. Village). For casual, budget Italian, Frank on 2nd Ave. is good, but expect a little wait...

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              billyeats Jun 22, 2007 07:06 PM

              mid level: Lupa
              casual: Malatesta
              (not a big believer in high-priced Italian)

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                chocolatechip Jun 22, 2007 09:04 PM

                I really like Ennio and Michaels which is just good 'ol Italian food!

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                  batterypark Jun 22, 2007 09:10 PM

                  Po on Cornelia Street. You can have a nice lunch or brunch for under $20; tasting menus are a bit of a splurge. The menu still reflects Mario Batali's original vision for the restaurant, although he sold it many years ago.

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                    timmy Jun 25, 2007 10:33 AM

                    Babbo and Crispo's

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                    mr_seabass Jun 25, 2007 11:43 AM

                    A Voce
                    Bella Vitae
                    Bar Stuzzichini

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                      idia Jun 25, 2007 02:26 PM

                      Crispo's

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                        jsmitty Jun 25, 2007 04:17 PM

                        Crispo
                        po
                        a voce
                        bellavitae

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