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akjinny Aug 10, 2007 09:52 AM

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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    nyebaby37 RE: akjinny Aug 10, 2007 10:05 AM

    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.

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      pellegrino31 RE: akjinny Aug 10, 2007 11:00 AM

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

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        kalyse RE: pellegrino31 Aug 10, 2007 11:24 AM

        i would suggest either piccolo angolo or crispo

      2. NAtiveNewYorker RE: akjinny Aug 10, 2007 12:17 PM

        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.

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          cricri7 RE: akjinny Aug 10, 2007 12:29 PM

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

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            seanp RE: akjinny Aug 10, 2007 01:30 PM

            Da Nico should fill the bill nicely

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              FNY RE: akjinny Aug 10, 2007 02:36 PM

              I second the Da Nico suggestion.

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                NAtiveNewYorker RE: FNY Aug 10, 2007 02:39 PM

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

              2. vvvindaloo RE: akjinny Aug 10, 2007 02:39 PM

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

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