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Hey there! Family and friends are coming in for the NYC Marathon in November and want to take them somewhere "cool" but "touristy." We do not want to spend a bundle because 4 of us are running and we can not even drink so that rules out Babbo, Lupa, etc.

We have a res at Piccolo right now but didnt know if there was another place out there I have not heard of....want to be downtown, pereferably in Soho, Little Italy, GV, or WV. Thanks!!!!

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  1. i know alot of the LItaly places get bashed on the site, but I LOVE Sal Anthony's SPQR, and I understand Il Cortile is suppsd to be vg.

    1. Crispo on 14th between 7th and 8th. Excellent Italian food.

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      1. re: pellegrino31

        i would suggest either piccolo angolo or crispo

      2. Il Cortile. GREAT pasta. You chose the pasta and then choose the sauce. A great concept that few restaurants do. It's the best of Little Italy and one of the best in NYC.

        1. Villa Mosconi is a nice old-style Italian restaurant. It is on Mcdougall below Bleecker. Excellent service and excellent food!

          1. Da Nico should fill the bill nicely

            1. I second the Da Nico suggestion.

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              1. re: FNY

                Il Cortile and Taormina are both better. I've tried them blindly side-by-side.

              2. Palma (West Village intimate Italian) or Crispo (WV/Chelsea larger, louder Italian). Both serve good Italian food and are moderately priced.