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Good/inexpensive Italian in theatre district?

Foodluvva Nov 6, 2007 11:05 AM

Can anyone recommend a quaint Italian place that's not too pricey or touristy in the theatre district? I just might be asking too much, eh?

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  1. Spiritchaser RE: Foodluvva Nov 6, 2007 11:11 AM

    You can check out Becco, see if that fits your needs. Also check TreColori.

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      jens RE: Foodluvva Nov 6, 2007 11:22 AM

      Check out Scarlatto. I've had three really good meals there, and they seem to be more moderately priced than others in the neighborhood.

      1. Toot RE: Foodluvva Nov 6, 2007 11:27 AM

        Cara Mia on 9th Ave, bet 45 and 46 sts. I haven't been there in a long time, but had very good meals in the past.

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          fein RE: Foodluvva Nov 6, 2007 11:54 AM

          i was going to say becco as well. if you want pasta do becco. for $22 you get salad and the 3 daily pasta specials. The pasta is unlimited, they come to your table and serve you out of the pan. it is a good deal. it is owned by lidia bastianich.

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            Olive123 RE: fein Nov 6, 2007 01:46 PM

            I'll third Becco's deal noted by fein. I haven't eaten there but my bf has, and he is pretty picky. Also, wines are all $25 per the website. You can check out the menu http://www.becconyc.com/index2.htm.

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            RGR RE: Foodluvva Nov 6, 2007 04:49 PM

            Becco is hardly quaint, it attracts tourists like flees to dogs, and though the ayce pasta special is inexpensive, the pastas are mediocre at best. Furthermore, seating is sardine-style, and the hideously high noise level makes normal conversation impossible.

            Trattoria Trecolori is a favorite Italian of ours in the Theater District. Well-prepared homestyle fare, especially the pastas. Friendly, efficient service. Very pleasant atmospherics. It will cost you a bit more than Becco but definitely worth it.


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              financialdistrictresident RE: RGR Nov 6, 2007 04:55 PM

              Must agree with RGR on Becco, unless it has improved recently. We used to go alot and stopped because the quality just wasn't the same anymore. There are probably better, less noisy, inexpensive places in the area. I'm a downtown girl, so I'll defer to other hounds.

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                steve h. RE: RGR Nov 6, 2007 04:55 PM

                becco is pretty good. well worth a shot.

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                  Striver RE: RGR Nov 7, 2007 04:35 AM

                  Ditto on everything RGR says about Becco (avoid if you don't want "touristy", noisy, and cramped) and Trecolori (good); I'd also recommend Roberto Passon or Scarlatto.

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                  fooodie RE: Foodluvva Nov 6, 2007 09:15 PM

                  I think Maria Pia will be perfect for what you are looking for. I defintely prefer it to Becco.

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                    americanafan RE: Foodluvva Nov 6, 2007 09:23 PM

                    Some might call it Hell's Kitchen, but Roberto Passon, 9th Ave. at 50th St., is quite good and not terribly expensive.

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                      nyebaby37 RE: americanafan Nov 7, 2007 05:13 AM

                      Puleos and Puleos Too is pretty good, and inexpensive. ON 47/48? never gets recommnd, not sure why. been there a couple of 3x and was decent. Less $$$ than Trecolori or other recs above.

                    2. ballulah RE: Foodluvva Nov 7, 2007 10:48 AM

                      It doesn't get any quainter or cheaper or slightly off the beaten path than Basilica. It's on 9th Ave between 46th & 47th. The food is hearty and well prepared, nothing particularly dazzling, just good home-y food. They walk the fine line between traditional Italian and red sauce, Americanized Italian...and stay more on the side of tradition and authenticity. Their 3 course pre-theater pre-fixe is $21 per person, with a bottle of wine included per two people.


                      676 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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