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Best Italian to take a big Client- Fiamma, DelPosto, Il Buco, Peasant???

I've read so many conflicting reviews of which is best. I've taken them to Felidia's (which they loved) and I've been to L'Impero which I thought was OK. Can all you Great Tasters give me a "for sure winner"? Dave

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  1. a voce is always pleasant. last time i went to falai it was also great. haven't been to the ones you've posted...

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    1. re: artfuldestruct

      While A Voce's food is excellent, I do not consider the ambiance pleasant since the noise level gets insanely high when the place fills up. I, for one, would think it a very bad idea to take a client to a place where one has to shout in order to carry on a conversation.

      1. re: RGR

        it is loud...although i've never had to shout. whatever, i like the place.

    2. I think Peasant is great, but it's more boisterous and casual than the others on your list. The food in the enoteca room at Del Posto is very good, for what it's worth. I haven't eaten in the main dining room, and I haven't been to the others on your list.

      1. Assuming that price is not an issue for the big client, Del Posto should be great to impress your guests. Again if price is not an issue you should go to the main dining room and order from the regular menu instead of enoteca menu as it has much more options and in general better dishes

        1. Hmmm... Big Client. You wouldn't want to go heavy on the romance (peasant, il buco). You may want to consider Del Posto, Hearth, Insieme or something like that. I'll also second A Voce. Alto is another good option, as might be Scalini Fedeli in tribeca. The only reason I'm avoiding Fiamma is that it might be a bit avant garde if you don't know how adventurous your client is with food.

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          1. re: egit

            If shoefro felt L'Impero was just "ok," Alto may not be a good option since Michael White is the chef for both.

            1. re: egit

              I agree with Del Posto, A Voce, Alto, and Insieme but disagree with Hearth. Also agree that Peasant and il Buco are not for clients.

            2. Interesting that the original meaning of OK was good or even very good, but in today's usage it seems to have come to mean mediocre. I can never be sure which definition anyone is using except when they say "just OK?" which seems to diminish it. Without the "just", perhaps they do mean it was good. I still use it to mean just that:-).

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              1. re: rrems

                Thanks to all for your suggestions! By OK I meant that the food was good but it was stuffy and there was not a wow. It shows my taste level that I had a ball the last time(2 years ago) that I went to Il Mulino. It that still any good? This group likes food so bring it on!