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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.