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Italian Prix-Fixe in MIdtown

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rmlinnyc Aug 1, 2007 07:46 AM

Can anyone recommend a decent Italian Prix-Fixe in Midtown? I would prefer West Side, but I am flexible. Thanks,

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    RGR Aug 1, 2007 10:12 AM

    ViceVersa, on 51st St., b/t 8th & 9th Avs., has a 3-course dinner prix-fixe for $35.

    http://www.viceversarestaurant.com

    Cascina, on 9th Av., b/t 45th & 46th Sts., has a 3-course *pre-theater* prix-fixe for $24.50.

    http://www.cascina.com/c1/pretmenu.html

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      robertgoulet Aug 1, 2007 01:31 PM

      Cascina's pre-theater dinner is horrible. It's like the food you'd expect in a public school cafeteria only not as good.

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        RGR Aug 1, 2007 01:37 PM

        I'm sorry to hear that. Our experiences there have been at lunch, and the food we've had (soup, salad, pasta) has been quite good.

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      Will4Food Aug 1, 2007 10:28 AM

      I'm a big fan of BECCO. on West 46th...and go for the pasta pre-fixe (it's one of the best bargains in the city)....When this restaurant is "on," it's very good and well priced. Also, all bottles of Italian wine are $25......

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        RGR Aug 1, 2007 12:09 PM

        Regulars on this board know that I'm not a Becco fan. The ayce pasta selections we had during our last visit were mediocre. Worse -- the uncomfortably packed seating and the insanely high noise level that made conversation at our table impossible without shouting.

        There is very tasty pasta at quite reasonable prices to be found in many theater district restaurants + much more pleasant ambiance.

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          LNG212 Aug 1, 2007 12:32 PM

          I too am a fan of Becco. I've never gone during "pre-theatre" so I can't attest to the noise level at that time; but when I have gone (usually later than pre-theatre), it's been just fine and we've had good conversation. I'm also a vegetarian and each time I've gone, the staff/kitchen has bent over backwards to be sure that I have 3 pasta choices even when the regular pasta choices for that evening contained meat. On one occasion, they even made me take home a huge container of a vegetarian pasta that they had made for me. I don't think the food there is *the* best Italian (I like the pasta at Celeste better) but I think it's quite good. And I do think the wine list is quite nice for the price.

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          G3B Aug 1, 2007 02:32 PM

          Scarlatto is one that I like. Good food and tables that are not on top of each other. I have had the pre-theater prix fixe and thought it was quite good.

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