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Crispo-Need Recommendations on Menu

fein Nov 19, 2007 07:55 AM

I am having a dinner for 16 people at Crispo. Due to our party size we will order off of a price fixed menu. We have a few vegetarians in our group. Any recommendations on what to choose for our appetizer and main dish? I get to pick 4 for each course then the guests can choose which one they each want. Thanks.

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    Lucia RE: fein Nov 19, 2007 08:01 AM

    For the vegetarians, my favorite dish is the pappardelle w/mushroom ragu. I think pastas are most reliable--love the carbonara and the spaghetti and meatballs. For apps, truffled ricotta is great, bone marrow, rice balls...

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      LeahBaila RE: Lucia Nov 19, 2007 12:20 PM

      I heart the spag & meatballs...best in town, IMO.

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        Lucia RE: Lucia Nov 20, 2007 06:29 AM

        Just went again last night. Spaghetti and meatballs and pappardelle were on the specials menu again--both great. Started with an endive salad, which was fine, and the octopus, which was surprisingly good. The restaurant was surprisingly crowded for a Monday night.

      2. financialdistrictresident RE: fein Nov 19, 2007 12:37 PM

        We went Friday night (me for the first time) and I had the gnocchi (with duck, arugula, cheese, tomato). Companions had the pork shoulder and steak entrees. Everything was delicious. We didn't order any apps.

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          fein RE: fein Nov 19, 2007 01:47 PM

          should i not be taking my large group here? everyone says the food is good but i'm getting very mixed reviews on this place.

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            LeahBaila RE: fein Nov 19, 2007 02:38 PM

            I think Crispo is a safe bet for a large group...it should please both inexperienced and seasoned palates. Honestly, there will always be a negative review about any restaurant you choose...so don't let that sway you too much.

          2. foodmonk RE: fein Nov 19, 2007 03:45 PM

            I've had the chicken alla diavola several times and was quite happen with it. For an appetizer, I recommend the anchovies.

            1. jenniebnyc RE: fein Nov 19, 2007 04:54 PM

              Just celebrated my b-day here and had a very good meal. For the price and nice atmosphere you can't beat it. My favorites were the fresh mozzerella, spag. carbonara, gnocchi, anything veal....and the gelati was some of the best around. Not the best meal I have ever had, but a great all around place. I would go back for sure. And for a group, you can't beat it.

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                idia RE: jenniebnyc Nov 20, 2007 07:06 AM

                If I were you I would talk with them and ask their advice about which are the most popular vegetarian dishes.
                I will be there Saturday night myself and will try to find out what they think.
                Actually, you cannot lose for winning there, no matter what you get.

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                RawTunaFan RE: fein Nov 20, 2007 06:55 PM

                I love this polenta thing they make with prosciutto. Not sure what its called but its delicious

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                  macncheesy RE: fein Nov 21, 2007 05:53 AM

                  I would recommend their bucatini alla amatriciana, orecchiette w/ broccoli rabe & sausage, and veal with lemon & artichokes. And perhaps another pasta to please the vegetarians?

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                    Nehna RE: fein Nov 21, 2007 07:43 AM

                    Do not miss the carbonara (t's arguably the best in the city), also the Trofie Al Prosciutto "San Daniele" is excellent too. I adore the carmelized cauliflower with pine nuts and currants---which totally fits the vegetarian bill even though I prefer it with the thin slices of proscuitto on top (they offer it both ways).

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