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We'll be at The Michelangelo, and feel Insieme is rather stark and bright;we're dining one night at Daniel, the other please suggest comparable Italian.Del Posto overwhelms; we ate last year at an okay spot between 8th & 9th (the name escapes me) but don't care to return.

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  1. I like piano due, ilike viceversa( btn 8-9 th ave), i like bottega del vino, like dell anima..i like peasant, like apizz

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    1. re: intrepid

      I've not been to any of the other places, but I also like Bottega del Vino - both the more formal room in the back, and the front room.

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      Bottega Del Vino
      7 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022

      1. re: MMRuth

        for groups the wine cellar at bottega del vino is great,,, i freuqent the original in verona, its fab

      2. re: intrepid

        tell me more - Piano Due - what is good to eat.
        I saw the wine is very $$$ at Bottega - did you find any reds around $75?

        1. re: pollychowing

          i go for the food a bottega del vino..you can have wine by the glass is its too $$$$ for you..amarone risotto, gnocchi fab, bisteca fab

          ive had good fish, shellfish, pasata, gnocchi at piano due

      3. Further away from your hotel, Osteria Gelsi, on the corner of 9th Av. & 38th St., serves delicious Pugliese-style Italian cuisine in a very pleasant setting. We sat in the main dining area, but they have a smaller, cozier room in the back that has a romantic feel.

        http://www.gelsiny.com

        1. Thank you for the input - now, remembering we are here from VA just these two nights, and Daniel is one of them, where would you spend that other night; i want Italian food that stands up to all the best in NYC

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          1. re: pollychowing

            Polly,

            Under the circumstances you describe, and taking into consideration that you don't want stark surroundings like Insieme or over-the-top a la Del Posto (neither of which I've been to, btw), I think L'Impero would be the perfect choice. Superb contemporary Italian cuisine; an excellent wine list; pleasant, capable service; and a space with understated elegant decor and a romantic feel.

            http://www.limpero.com

          2. L'Impero sounds like the place for us; thank you RGR