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Cozy/Neighborhood Italian on UES?

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I live in the 70s on the East Side and I have been to Uva and Sfoglia and enjoyed both of them. But, I have yet to find the perfect neighborhood Italian restaurant. Sfoglia is a little pricey and Uva is a little loud. Does anyone have ideas? Thanks!

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  1. Spigolo on 81st & 2nd is a great cozy Italian spot. It might be on the pricier side but the food and atmosphere are worth it. It's my favorite Italian place on the UES.

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    1. re: chefdater

      I second Spigolo rec...you do need to book well in advance (or try for a coveted bar seat) but the atmosphere is so cozy/home-y and the food is delicious.

    2. I love Paola's on 84th between 2nd and 3rd. Cozy, very private feeling and consistently great Italian.

      1. There is Cafe Buon Gusto on 77th btwn 2nd & 3rd Ave., Marruzella's on 1st Ave btwn 77th & 78th St, Triangelo's on 82nd btwn 1st & 2nd Ave or Rughetti's on 85th btwn 1st & 2nd Ave.

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        1. I am also interested in the responses to this question. I like Spigolo very much but it is difficult to get a table. I think Elio's has very good food, but it is also pricey and can be very loud at peak hours. I agree that Paola's is good. I had one good meal at Girasole but that was at lunch a few years back..

          I have long wondered about Lusardis..anyone been here? Nicola's and Campagnola also seem to get good reviews on Zagat....any opinions about these two?

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          1. re: erica

            Giovanni Venti Cinque -- a very romantic walk-down, similar to an Italian trattoria in Italy. It is small, charming ... but pricey.
            (1 block from the Met Museum)

          2. Everyone's Italian tastes are different, but here are a few places I have enjoyed:

            Zucchero i Pomodori: next to construction but very reasonably priced and decent food
            Lusardi's
            Paola's: friendly staff that remembers you
            Italianissimo