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Sep 7, 2008 01:34 PM

Good Italian Food

Where can I find good italian food in Manhattan? I'm going to NYC for 4 days soon and want to eat at a good place.

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  1. There are hundreds of Italian places in Manhattan- dozens of good ones, depending o nyour tastes.
    Be more specific- price range and type of Italian you're looking for- Northern Italian, Venetian, Southern, etc, as well as any particularl area of the city.

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    1. re: Ann900

      Not knowing what type of Italian food you like ,, here are a couple of choices. If you want a touristy family style place with edible italian food Carmine's ,,, if you want better family style and want to travel to queens Don Peppe's, Da Silvano for more upscale and people watching,, Ago in De Niro's hotel has really good pasta, Ennio and Michael has great baked clams and veal dishes, Gigino by battery park has great outdoor seating, Il Mulino gormet great but tight seating, Rao's good roasted peppers but most difficult reservation( did i say difficult? perhaps impossible), Coco Pazzo is good but 'old school", Babbo, Becco is nice because Lydia walks around with a nice smile and you get as much pasta as you want, San Domenico used to be good, or if you just want italian tapas you can go to Inoteca.

      1. re: foodwhisperer

        skip don pepes, its mediocre at best

        1. re: foodwhisperer

          There are several Carmine's. The Carmine's (family style) in midtown was good the last time I went (too long ago to be helpful). Not sure how Becco is these days but we stopped going because it went down hill (there are so many better choices). As Ann900 suggested please advise price range, neighborhood, etc. As a general rule, avoid Little Italy.

          1. re: foodwhisperer

            San Domenico has closed. Next spring, it will be re-born with a new name, SD26, in a new location on the north side of Madison Square Park.

            I would never recommend Becco. The ayce pastas are mediocre, seating is uncomfortably sardine-tight, and the noise level is insanely high.

            1. re: RGR

              Coco Pazzo also closed. I wasn't thrilled with my one meal at Da Silvano. Lupa and Alto are my current favorites, with a caveat that I wouldn't order fish at Alto because on my two visits there, it's been overcooked.

              I had a very good meal at Prima Vera a while ago - very expensive, but classic Italian.

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