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Piano Due, or romantic Italian nearby

pollychowing Jan 5, 2008 11:38 AM

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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    intrepid Jan 5, 2008 11:42 AM

    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
      MMRuth Jan 5, 2008 11:55 AM

      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.

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

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        intrepid Jan 5, 2008 01:40 PM

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

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        pollychowing Jan 5, 2008 12:37 PM

        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?

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          intrepid Jan 5, 2008 01:39 PM

          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

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        RGR Jan 5, 2008 02:00 PM

        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.


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          pollychowing Jan 5, 2008 05:58 PM

          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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            RGR Jan 5, 2008 08:26 PM


            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.


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            pollychowing Jan 6, 2008 06:40 AM

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

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