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Jun 30, 2008 04:03 PM

Becco or Trattoria Trecolori?

I made a reservation pre-matinee lunch for Becco but then read some bad reviews here. Should I switch to Trattoria Trecolori? I had a lousy meal at Orso recently and don't want another overpriced bad Italian meal.

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  1. Trattoria Trecolori is much beloved on this board. I have never tried it myself, but would trust the posters who have. I would stay away from Becco, which I did try once. I'm surprised that you didn't like Orso, though, as it is one of my favorites in the theater district, and I have never had anything there that I was not thoroughly pleased with.

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    1. re: rrems

      It must've been an off day. I went with my husband, sister, and son, and we were all disappointed. It was lunch, maybe that made a difference. We went because of the good rating in Zagat's, and we didn't even like it is as much as Cara Mia. It seemed very weak to me. My dish was just okay, the tiger prawns and linguini (prawns actually shrimp and very small), my husband really didn't like his halibut, which is his favorite fish. I guess we had higher expectations with the 23 rating, or maybe too much time in Italy.

      I switched my reservation to Trattoria Trecolori. I read a review here placing it on a par with Roberto Passon, which we love.

      THANK YOU for responding! I'll let you know how we like Trattoria Trecolori :-)

      1. re: bistro66

        Hey, bistro66,

        Good decision, imo, choosing Trecolori instead of Becco. The pastas at Becco are mediocre, the seating is uncomfortably tight, and the noise level is insanely high, making normal conversation impossible.

        When it comes to Trecolori, I am one of those Hounds whom rrems referred to, i.e., a fan. The food served there is homestyle Italian American, different in style from Passon's and certainly different from what you find in Italy. However, everything is well-prepared and delicious. Soups, salads and pastas are especially tasty, and the tiramisu is seriously delicious. Service is friendly and efficient, and the large space has attractive decor and very comfortably-spaced tables.

        In the future, if you're willing to eat on the cusp of the Theater District, Osteria Gelsi, on the corner of 9th & 38th, is an excellent Italian restaurant which serves the cuisine of the Puglia region. Excellent creative salads, and the exceptional timbalo is not to be missed.

        Enjoy the show and Buon Apetito!

        1. re: RGR

          Ditto what RGR said. Trecolori is a pleasure - warm and friendly service, good food, very reasonably priced for the area (although, again ditto RGR, more Italian-American than Passon); I'm a fan of their signature "Veal Martini" (veal scallops with a parmesan crust in an artichoke heart/vermouth sauce - get it served over linguini).

          We ate at Becco once and have no desire to repeat the experience.

          1. re: Striver

            Thanks, Striver! I am really looking forward to it. I really feel like tossing my Zagat's. It has been steering me wrong lately. Plus it doesn't even have a writeup of Trecolori. Useless.

          2. re: RGR

            Thanks so much for the tips! I am always in Hell's Kitchen/Theater District, so I am looking forward to trying Osteria Gelsi, but will still with Trecolori since it is so highly recommended! You guys are great...I love this board...

            1. re: RGR

              My reply got lost, it seems! Thank you for responding, and for the tip about Osteria Gelsi. I am often in Hell's Kitchen/Theater District, so I will be trying it soon. I really love this board, you guys are great....

        2. I would switch the rez to Trattoria Trecolori. Becco is very basic, and I was very disappointed in my meals there. I took a coworker to Trecolori and we had a fantastic dinner. Everything we had was great: soup, salad, antipasti, pasta, fish, wine, dessert, coffee. They serve these really great olives and super large capers--which were fun and very tasty. As much as I love Lydia and her cookbooks, I think Beccos is really a disappointment.

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          1. re: kimie

            Thanks for letting me's great to get this feedback! I am looking forward to our lunch there. I saw pasta amatriciana on the menu. that in itself is a step in the right direction....we all loved that dish in Rome and had many excellent renditions. It's not so easy to find here.

            1. re: bistro66

              Ok, it's a good place, but it will not be like anything you had in Rome. It's really more of an "Italian-American" place than a truly Italian place. I haven't found food that comes close to what I had during my travels to Italy. I just don't want you to get your hopes up too high.

              1. re: bistro66

                The amatriciana at Lupa is fantastic if you're continuing your search.

            2. We had a FANTASTIC meal at Trattoria Trecolori, thanks folks! I didn't want to take up another post, but I will post on my blog. Our waiter seemed a bit gruff and quickly skirted off when the son was having trouble deciding on his dish, but he kindly offered to half the antipasto as the boy wanted both antipasto AND the fettucinne alfredo with shrimp, which I knew would be too much for his 10 year old stomach! Everything was excellent, I got the crabmeat-stuffed ravioli special in the tomato-cream sauce, and then we split the tiramisu cake that was delectable and light as a feather! Then the busboy offered to keep my son's leftover fettuccine in the fridge while we went to "Mary Poppins!" Where and when in NYC do you ever see such service? Excellent!

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              1. re: bistro66

                Thanks for coming back to report on your meal at Trecolori. I'm pleased that you had such an excellent experience though it doesn't surprise me because when it comes to Italian restaurants in the Theater District, Trecolori is tops!

              2. I was looking for a place i haven't tried in the theater district, so the recommendation of Trecolori is exactly what we were looking for. I have a reservation for pre-theater this coming Saturday evening. My 27-year old food snob of a daughter and I are looking forward to it. I'll report back
                Thanks to all.