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Casual/Mid-priced to expensive Italian for Great Pasta

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Need suggestions - Out of town friend visiting Monday and she's looking for recommendation where to have a great pasta dish. Does not have to be trendy, but hip would be fine. Good solid food is important. She has a fairly sophisticated pallet. Any neighborhood is fine.

Thanks all

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  1. Hey there,
    You could try to get into Lupa as a walk in. Fun to grab a drink at the bar anyway while you wait. Also try Po, Crispo and a great place in the East Village called Cacio e Pepe. I've have great pastas there the two times I went.
    Enjoy!
    JeremyEG

    1. Crispo
      Also agree w/all of Jeremy's other suggestions and want to add Peasant and Apizz.

      1. Via Emilia and Malalesta both have great pasta, though not quite "hip" (which is hard to define)

        1. Not trendy nor hip, but the spaghetti and meatballs at Le Zie (7th and 20th) are amazing, and around $12 IIRC. The lasagna is awesome, too, but spaghetti and meatballs is the thing to get.

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          1. re: Blumie

            That really is a great meal, the Spaghetti and meatballs. I live in the neighborhood but have been out of town for 3 months. Now I know what I'll be eating the night I get back!
            Jeremy

            1. re: JeremyEG

              i actually like the spaghetti at patsy's (i go to the one on uws). good meatballs and solid sauce. some of their other pastas look good as well. i though hte meatballs at le zie have good flavor but were a bit dry.