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Theater-area Italian? Basilica, Passon, Trecolori or Cascina?

TTPFred Sep 26, 2007 07:17 AM

Anyone have experience with these 4 sufficient to steer me one way or the other for a Sunday night dinner?

My wife & I like good quality pasta (gnocchi, risotto) and sauces...not so much for the tomato paste sauces.

Looking forward to your helpful comments!

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  1. ssf36 RE: TTPFred Sep 26, 2007 08:29 AM

    I don't think you'll find risotto at Basilica but their gnocchi is homemade and tasty. Nice intimate atmosphere as well.

    1. Striver RE: TTPFred Sep 26, 2007 09:05 AM

      I've eaten at both Passon and Trecolori - they're both good, both reasonable. I prefer the pastas at Passon (and they do a nice risotto), but RGR - a regular poster here whose opinions I respect - prefers Trecolori.

      I'd also definitely add Viceversa on 51st (between 8th and 9th) to your list. I dined there for the first time last night and was very pleased with the ambience, service, and food. One of their pasta specialities, casoncelli alla bergamasca - a ravioli-like pasta stuffed with ground veal, crumbles of ameretti, and raisins served with diced pancetta in brown butter - was absolutely outstanding. I'll go back there just to have that dish again!

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        TTPFred RE: Striver Sep 26, 2007 09:58 AM

        Viceversa isn't open on Sunday. Otherwise, that would have been my first choice.

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          Striver RE: TTPFred Sep 26, 2007 10:54 AM

          Sorry about that - I was just overenthused from last night's dinner!

      2. LeahBaila RE: TTPFred Sep 26, 2007 10:57 AM

        The tagitalle with bolognese sauce at Cascina is really fantastic...probably the best I've had in NYC. I also prefer the atmosphere there over Basilica. Haven't been to Passon or Trecolori.

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          TTPFred RE: LeahBaila Oct 3, 2007 06:55 AM

          I ended up going to Basilica on Saturday night and Passon's on Sunday night. Both were very nice, albeit different from each other....Basilica was small and cozy, while Passon's had a more modern and adventurous menu. We thoroughy enjoyed each restaurant.

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