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Looking for a terrific Italian restaurant in New York City for a girl's weekend.

We are 3 women in our late 40's coming to NYC next month. Looking for an Italian restaurant with great food and a terrific atmosphere. Nothing too stuffy.

We do NOT want southern Italian - that is, neopolitan, sicilian red sauce based, checked tablecloth, baked parm sort of food.

Willing to splurge a little but don't want to go crazy overboard with price.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. We are willing to cab it to anywhere in the city. Thanks!

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  1. I think Lupa would fit the bill nicely.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      Lupa would fit your requirement. It was the first one that came on my mind.

      1. Lupa, Centro Vinoteca, Gusto, Bar Stuzzichini

        1. Have been to both Lupa and Crispo and like Crispo significantly better in terms of both food and atmosphere.

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          1. re: G3B

            G3B, I respectfully disagree. I found Lupa much better then Crispo. I do not care for the atmosphere at either, too noisy. Both do fit the OP's requirement of "not stuffy." We would go to Lupa more if it was easier to get a reservation.

          2. Dolce Vita on Grand Street NO DOUBT!

            1. How about Da Silvano/Bar Pitti? Inoteca??

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              1. re: johnpressman

                Any particular dishes you like at Da Silvano? I wasn't too impressed the time I went there, but I didn't order any of the things some 'hounds recommended. It's a favorite of my in-laws, so any additional ordering tips would be welcome.