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Mar 1, 2008 10:39 AM

Non-trendy gems - neighborhood Italian East 20's thru east 60's

My friends and I are looking for a low key,non-trendy Italian restaurant with great service and wonderful food. Homemade pasta would be perfect. One of those restaurants that, after one meal, will quickly become a mid-week favorite.

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  1. Campanile is, imo, a neighborhood gem hidden away on 29th, b/t Madison & Park Av. S. The traditional Italian fare is well-prepared and delicious, and the welcoming staff provides capable service. It's a fairly large place that still manages to feel sort of cozy and old-fashioned. None of that all hard edges, sardine-style seating, or pounding music. There's a capacious bar up front where locals gather to chat (definitely no bar "scene"), tables are nicely-spaced, and the noise level is conversation-friendly.

    1. Have you tried Trattoria Alba? - way east on 34th -bet 2nd & 3rd. A friend who lives in Kipps Bay uses it a lot. I've always enjoyed it when we've gone, but I forget to remember it, if you know what I mean, because it's not my nabe.

        1. Scalinatella, on 61st. & 3rd is a good representation of non-fussy Italian food with very good service. Definitely not trendy, but just sophisticated enough. A little bit on the expensive side for weekly dining, though.

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          1. re: vvvindaloo

            imho scalinetella has mediocre food, is quite pretentious, and not a candidate for a mid week favorite

          2. Pietro's, 43rd and 2nd. Fits the description perfectly.