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Where to eat in Little Italy?

Jel212 Aug 22, 2007 09:02 AM

Where's a good-priced (under $20 or less an entree) where two people can eat (so not family-style) with excellent quality food? I've been to a few mediocre places in Little Italy.

Thanks!

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    RGR Aug 22, 2007 10:16 AM

    There is a brand new restaurant (only open a month or two) called Focolare, at 115 Mulberry, that is supposed to have delicious Italian food. I have no idea what prices are like, and the website is still under construction: http://focolarenyc.com/ No phone number there either. :-( You might get it from 411 and call the restaurant to ask about prices. If you go, I hope you will post a report because I'd love to hear about it from a Hound with first-hand experience.

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      TessCooks Aug 22, 2007 01:29 PM

      il Cortile is fantastic!!!! If they have the lobster ravioli have them!!!!

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        DoctortedNYC Aug 22, 2007 02:38 PM

        Nowhere: Food is unifomly lousy.

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          brendastarlet Aug 22, 2007 02:43 PM

          do you have to eat in Little Italy for geographic reasons? there's better Italian all over the city.

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            aurora50 Aug 22, 2007 02:49 PM

            Just curious, why does Little Italy have a reputation for bad food compared to the rest of the city? I've visited (from California) and eaten at a couple of restaurants there, that seem to be fine. Or is Little Italy considered a tourist trap in NY?

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              brendastarlet Aug 22, 2007 02:50 PM

              Yes.

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            NAtiveNewYorker Aug 22, 2007 02:55 PM

            Il Cortile and Taormina are excellent. And Little Italy is both fun and an important part of New York City history. Every street looks like a movie set. Every corner is steeped in history (both good and bad).

            And the pasta at these two places are as good as any (basic...non fois gras) pasta in the city.

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              jdmetz Aug 22, 2007 03:34 PM

              I agree with everything that NativeNYer stated. While a lot of the restaurants in Little Italy serve nothing but cheap, bland, overcooked pasta in food court settings to try and lure tourists in, Taormina and Il Cortille offer good food and service in an old world atmosphere. Of course, you pay a little extra to get better food, but if you're in Little Italy, it's definitely worth it.

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