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what are your favorite italian restaurants below midtown???

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

    1. Babbo, Del Posto, and Hearth

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

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      1. re: kobetobiko

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

        1. re: princeofpork

          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.

          1. re: kobetobiko

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

            1. re: jsmitty

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

      2. Po - delicous and reasonably priced

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

          1. 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...

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

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

                1. 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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                  1. re: batterypark

                    Babbo and Crispo's

                  2. A Voce
                    Bella Vitae
                    Bar Stuzzichini

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                    1. re: mr_seabass

                      Crispo's

                      1. re: idia

                        Crispo
                        po
                        a voce
                        bellavitae