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Looking for memorable Italian

trishottawa Aug 10, 2008 09:00 AM

A friend is going to New York and is looking for a great Italian restaurant. Neighbourhood is not an issue. Price point is $300 for 4 all in. Babbo is not an option as they are going this week. Interesting wine list is a must.

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    silencespeak RE: trishottawa Aug 10, 2008 09:45 AM

    L' Imperio. Always a winner.

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      Lucia RE: silencespeak Aug 10, 2008 09:58 AM

      L'Impero closed and is now Convivio

    2. Spends Rent on Food RE: trishottawa Aug 11, 2008 09:13 AM

      We had a phenomenal meal at Alto. There's not enough space on these boards to describe it in detail but simply put, chef Michael White cooks with simplicity while getting the most flavor out of every ingredient used. The polenta and duck breast for two were easily the most well prepared dishes we've had this year.

      They also have a great wine list.

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        MMRuth RE: Spends Rent on Food Aug 11, 2008 09:15 AM

        My husband still raves about the duck, and it's been almost a year since we went. I'm not sure that $300 for four people would cover the tab, though.

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          martyl9 RE: MMRuth Aug 12, 2008 07:49 AM

          the ravioli with the ricotta and poached egg; out of this world. His other restaurant, Convivio is a winner also.

      2. Miss Needle RE: trishottawa Aug 11, 2008 09:32 AM

        I've liked Avoce. But I remember hearing something about the chef leaving, and haven't been back since the change.

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          RGR RE: Miss Needle Aug 11, 2008 11:11 AM

          Chef Andrew Carmellini left A Voce in June. I have not heard any announcement about his replacement. We had dinner there once shortly after it opened. Despite liking the food, we have not gone back because of the hideously high noise level.

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          rrems RE: trishottawa Aug 12, 2008 09:15 AM

          Convivio is great but $300 will not make it there. Pepolino has seriously good food and excellent service and is in the specified price range.

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            okaygo RE: trishottawa Aug 12, 2008 09:22 AM

            Il Buco - rustic with tons of character, wine list's got some lesser-known/small-scale Italian selections

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