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2 nights in Ny in Sept & want great Italian

One night Italian, anyway, one night (open?)?? My husband & I. Midtown or downtown or in between---Am from Seattle & we have some wonderful eats here but not killer Italian...Dont mind a little splurge, prefer not to get filleted by the wine list. Other night: Open to ideas - - -

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  1. Alto - in midtown - excellent but expensive. V. good wine list - it's on line, but I don't know how the prices are.

    Lupa - Greenwich Village - more casual, trattoria style Roman food, also v. good wine list.

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      1. New York has tons of Italian, many good ones, some terrific. Do you want so called "red sauce" Italian- which in NY means Sicialian, Northern Italian, Ventian, etc.
        Babbo certainly would be at the top of any list and a personal fav. I also love Al Di La in Park Slope/

        1. On the higher end, Babbo, L'Impero, Alto. High-moderate, Scarpetta, Pepolino, Vice Versa, Orso. Moderate, Lupa, Crispo. All of these have some very good wines in the $50 and under range. Fort the other night, can you narrow it down a bit, types of cuisine, price range, ambience?

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          1. re: rrems

            Hey, rrems,

            L'Impero has closed and will be re-opening with a new name -- Convivio -- and a re-designed, less expensive menu.

            We finally made it to Alto a few weeks ago. Our dinner was superb! Good service and very pleasing ambiance. Expensive, but worth it.

            1. re: RGR

              I keep on forgetting about L'Impero closing for renovations. I hope the new restaurant will be as good.

              1. re: rrems

                Though the menu concept will be different, it will still be Michael White's food, so I think it's a safe bet that it will be excellent.

                1. re: RGR

                  ah, but we don't know this. do we?

                  1. re: steve h.

                    I've eaten Chef White's cuisine at both L'Impero and Alto, and in both restaurants, it has been superb. Do you honestly think that will change for the worse because there will be a different menu format at Convivio?

                    1. re: RGR

                      i'm a cautious buckaroo. i'll pass judgment down the road.

          2. Babbo, Lupa, Peasant, Apizz.