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antifoodie Sep 14, 2007 07:16 AM

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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    antifoodie Sep 14, 2007 08:51 AM

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

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      topheavy Sep 14, 2007 09:45 AM

      Try Cafe Diplomatico On College In Little Italy

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        Recyclor Sep 14, 2007 10:15 AM

        ..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...

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          robgm Sep 15, 2007 06:21 AM

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

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          JennyBenny Sep 14, 2007 10:10 AM

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

          1. Rabbit Sep 14, 2007 10:36 AM

            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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              Splendid Wine Snob Sep 14, 2007 10:49 AM

              I second Karuchie

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                pancake Sep 14, 2007 01:24 PM

                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. . . .

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                  Splendid Wine Snob Sep 14, 2007 02:16 PM

                  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.

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                    pancake Sep 14, 2007 02:35 PM

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

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              foodieinTO Sep 14, 2007 09:13 PM

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

              1. Delish Sep 14, 2007 10:25 PM

                I've had good experiences at Flight 55. However, I believe the cooking has changed hands since.

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                  DDD Sep 16, 2007 08:20 AM

                  I've had some good stuff at El Bodogon, but its been a while. Also, below the budget you mentioned.

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                  dramarama Sep 16, 2007 10:57 AM

                  Trattoria Giancarlo on Clinton, just south of College on the east side.

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                    thefrenchconnection Sep 16, 2007 11:41 AM

                    I have to tell you... There's this little gem called Regina at the western edge of Little Italy, near Shaw. It's small... maybe ten tables. White tablecloths. Friendly service. The pasta is the best I've ever had. Really it seems to literally melt in your mouth and that's a lot to say about pasta!.I really love that place.

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