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Cozy/Neighborhood Italian on UES?

ced9 Nov 10, 2007 02:28 PM

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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    chefdater RE: ced9 Nov 10, 2007 03:36 PM

    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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      gramercyfoodie RE: chefdater Nov 12, 2007 03:18 AM

      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.

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      liztish RE: ced9 Nov 10, 2007 03:50 PM

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

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        TryThis RE: ced9 Nov 10, 2007 07:11 PM

        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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          jackieparis RE: TryThis Nov 10, 2007 07:49 PM

          We love Buon Gusto.

        2. erica RE: ced9 Nov 11, 2007 07:07 AM

          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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            idia RE: erica Nov 11, 2007 07:15 AM

            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)

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            OutinNYC RE: ced9 Nov 11, 2007 02:32 PM

            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
            Paola's: friendly staff that remembers you

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              UES Mayor RE: ced9 Nov 12, 2007 05:08 AM

              No one seems to mention SISTINA's on 2nd bet 80-81st but this is truly a great place as well-not cheap-always has a crowd. The spaghetti and walnut sauce is unforgettable! I don't think its in Zaggat for whatever reason but just google them.

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                bosox RE: UES Mayor Nov 12, 2007 06:55 AM

                i happen to enjoy firenze, on 2nd/84th. it's very reasonably-priced, cozy, and they food is delicious.

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                  UES Mayor RE: bosox Nov 12, 2007 07:36 AM

                  i have passed this place a million times but never tried-what should i have?

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                    bosox RE: UES Mayor Nov 12, 2007 12:20 PM

                    at firenze?
                    some of the things i recommend are:

                    Fettuccine ai Quattro Formaggi
                    Rigatoni Pecoraio
                    Vitello Fiorentina
                    Pollo Fiorentina
                    Pollo al Ponte Vechio

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