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Italian in the Meatpacking District???

I have some friends coming in from Seattle who are demanding to eat in the Meatpacking District and specifically asked for Italian. I have been to Del Posto and thoroughly enjoyed it but it is booked from now until about 2009 (nice to be Batali). Any other suggestions? Is Nero any good? Thanks!

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  1. I've been to Vento only once and it was during Restaurant Week but liked it very much-- our party of four was impressed with the food & friendly service.

    1. Macelleria is really good!! On 48 Ganzavoort and Washington Street.

      1. Second nod to Vento. We like it a lot and really enjoy the "design it yourself" antipasta - nice laundry list of items and just pick and choose what you like. The entrees are very good and wine is reasonable. Great location also.

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        1. re: Spiritchaser

          Vento is the perfect place to take out-of-towners who wasnt Italian in the MePa district.

        2. In regards to Nero, former co-workers of mine love it. A designer I know eats there whenever he's in NYC.

          1. I've only been to the enoteca at Del Posto, but it was very good. Crispo is only an avenue away from MePa.

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            1. re: Lucia

              Thanks All. I forgot about Vento.

              1. re: heathj

                +1 for Crispo. Cheaper than Del Posto nd very good pastas.

            2. Can you elaborate what you meant by Del Posto "is booked from now until about 2009 "?

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              1. re: kobetobiko

                I was being facetous (sp). Meaning it's either 6pm or 9pm for resies.

              2. Been to all of those and they are very good-my favorite is Piccolo Angelo. It is teeny tiny. Best Osso Bucco ever, but it has new york italian charm without the New York price tag.

                1. You can get into Del Posto - it's not that hard - they are so big you could walk in and have a good chance honestly - but hit opentable.com

                  1. I'd second Crispo (which has some dishes that I'd consider a little Batali-style) or suggest possibly Nero.

                    As for Vento, I have been to Vento several times, both with groups, both with large tabs and many dishes tried, and found the results horrifying both times. Their attempt to promote "sharing" results in everything coming out in a rush - they'll literally pile plates on top of each other if there isn't room, rather than properly pace the meal. What I did eat didn't taste particularly good, either.

                    Barbuto (also a few blocks south of the MPD) is also a good bet, especially if your guests come while it's still warm and the front is open.