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Aug 6, 2007 07:12 PM

Looking for Cozy Italian for Bday Celebration

My son (age 20) wants to take his girlfriend out for her birthday in Manhattan for either lunch or dinner . She lives in Rhode Island and is not that adventurous when it comes to food. However, she loves Italian food, especially homemade pasta (tortellini, gnocchi,) . Can anyone recommend someplace with a nice atmosphere and good food that won't break the bank. A nice summer prix fix would be ideal.

Thank you,

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  1. Spigolo on 81/2nd -u need a reservation!!!!!!!!!! way ahead of time but not for outdoor seating. They have the best pillowy gnochi!! and i hate gnochi but love theirs!! Also have homemade specials and pasta

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    1. re: UES Mayor

      Thanks. sounds pefect. How are the prices?

      1. re: scanmike

        very reasonable for the quality of the food ($22-ish for entree)...check out the menu at It is my favorite restaurant in the city. Again, you do need to book well in advance.

    2. Il Bagatto has a fun/romantic atmosphere, not expensive, and very good, solid food.

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      1. re: Jel212

        Checked out the website and the menu looks good and in the right price range.


        1. re: scanmike

          Yay! Let me know. When I was there I had parpardelle in venison ragout, and it was awesome. I think my boyf had pasta in a spicy red sauce - he adored it.

          1. re: Jel212

            Il Bagato is closed for renovations for the next month.

        2. La Fenice at 68th & Broadway should fit the bill nicely.
          Ourdoor dining too.

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          1. re: idia

            I have only heard terrible things about this place from friends.

          2. Malatesta! Downtown, great homemade pastas (most around $10), pretty room, with outdoor seats that look on the water.

            1. Malatesta is a great italian spot in the west village on Christopher St... wide open windows and outdoor seating make is great for summer, too. Food has always been delicious. A reservation is probably a good idea.

              Piadina is also in the village, I think on 10th between 5th and 6th aves. It's a smaller, cozier place with a smaller selection of a few pastas, piadinas, a few appetizers and usually a fish special. I think they only take reservations for groups of 4+.

              Both are very reasonably priced and I remember liking dessert very much at both.