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I know, there are tonnes of posts on this board, too many really. I am looking for a nice spot in Little Italy for an anniversary dinner: good food, not boring atmosphere, and not Xacutti, been there a few times.... Any help would be most appreciated. Budget around $100-$150 for two.

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  1. anyone? There must be someone that can help me out here....

    1. Try Cafe Diplomatico On College In Little Italy

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      1. re: topheavy

        ..are you serious topheavy? I figured that place was only populated because of the patio, they serve tater tots at brunch...what about Chiado?...did Teatro close, I enjoyed a dinner there once...people say Bar Italia serves pretty good food, but it might be a bit noisy for this dinner...

        1. re: topheavy

          The Dip was always our Saturday morning hangover place for espresso and meatball sandwiches...I guess it was our Saturday afternoon anniversary-of sorts....

        2. Utopia? way less than your budget but good food.
          check this thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/426343

          1. Gamelle is a cute bistro on that strip... but the atmosphere isn't very happening. Some may find it "boring" (although I tend to think boring depends more on the company than the location).

            I haven't been, but Karuchie (a little further west on College) was getting good press around here a while ago.

            And Senhor Antonio is good portugese tapas (a little less formal than Chiado).

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              1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

                yeah, definately not the Dip for a romantic anniversary dinner. . . . Thats more of a chill out low key place on college. . . . There are a few places I like that are happening, and have the college atmosphere, with decent food that is not expensive: Vivoli and Vecchio Frak. Both serve pizza's and pasta's and the usual appetizers. . . .

                1. re: pancake

                  Huh? Vecchio Frak for an anniversary dinner? Not my anniversary dinner!

                  I found Karuchie to be very low key, nice ambiance, nice service, lovely food, and fits the bill in terms of price range. More than lovely for an anniversary dinner.

                  1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

                    well....its one step up from the dip....is all i meant.

            1. Giancarlo Tratoria is romantic and had a nice menu when I was there.