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Best Red Sauce Italian???`

Calipoutine Oct 21, 2008 04:04 PM

Can anyone recomend a good red sauce Italian restaurant. Looking to stay within 50.00 range for dinner.

I'm not sure what area I'll be in around dinner time, so multiple options are great.

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    sara333 Oct 22, 2008 02:27 PM

    Ended up eating at Volare on west 4th between 6th and MacDougal and was very pleasantly surprised. The food was great and the service was attentive. As one would expect, the place is pretty old school as far as decor goes, but definitely worthwhile if you're looking for the red sauce experience.

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    1. re: sara333
      ukitali Oct 22, 2008 02:42 PM

      For your basic Italian staples I like John's of 12th Street (off of 2nd Ave). Ennio and Micheal's is good too (Laguardia Pl near Bleecker)

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      italianagambino Oct 22, 2008 06:11 AM

      You can also try tony di napoli's
      Puttanesca in Hells Kitchen

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        lrbarbie Oct 22, 2008 07:00 AM

        pepe giallo in chelsea......very cheap and good!


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        foodwhisperer Oct 21, 2008 10:40 PM

        Ennio and Michael's, great red sauce and also try the spaghetti and meatballs

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          Calipoutine Oct 22, 2008 05:14 AM

          locations please??? We dont eat RED meat so meatballs are out for us.

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          RGR Oct 21, 2008 04:37 PM

          Is that $50 per person? Is it for food alone, or are you including alcoholic beverages, tax & tip?

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            PAULSCOHEN Oct 21, 2008 05:31 PM

            RGR you're right that convivio isn't "red sauce" in the smae category as angelo's or carmine's but iwould call it sophisticated in comparison. there are mostly neopolitan dishes likebucatini all amatriciana and sicilian tonno with capunata. i think of red sauce equating to southern italy. anyway, if yoou haven't been to convivio , i wopuld reccommend it highly. it's a top shelf resto and you can eat very well without spending troppo liras.

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              RGR Oct 22, 2008 06:43 PM


              We have been to Convivio and had a superb meal. While there are some red-sauce dishes on the menu, I view the cuisine overall as contemporary Italian.

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              Calipoutine Oct 21, 2008 06:01 PM

              I'm looking to stay within 50-75 total for 2( no booze, tax and tip included)

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                DoctortedNYC Oct 21, 2008 08:59 PM

                Umberto's, period.

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                  Calipoutine Oct 22, 2008 05:14 AM

                  Would that be Da Umberto in Chelsea?

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                  RGR Oct 22, 2008 06:48 PM

                  With that budget in mind, I would recommend Campanile, a neighborhood gem hidden away on 29th St., b/t Madison and Park Av. S. The traditional red sauce Italian fare is well-prepared and delicious; service could not be more friendly and efficient; and the space has very pleasing ambiance with nicely-spaced table and a conversation-friendly noise level.


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                    Calipoutine Oct 23, 2008 07:59 AM

                    Where can I get a really great baked ziti/ w ricotta?

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                      Calipoutine Oct 23, 2008 07:59 AM

                      Btw, we're still doing your LES tour : )

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                  PAULSCOHEN Oct 21, 2008 04:36 PM

                  there are too many good red sauce Itlian rests to recommend but here are afew to start with : little italy angelos of mulberry w 50's patsy's w40's la masseria soho ama uws gennaro carmines and the new hot rest convivio. try to nail down a location and price. you'll do much better that way

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                    RGR Oct 21, 2008 04:40 PM


                    I see you and I cross-posted. I would definitely not consider Convivio a red sauce Italian.

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                      Calipoutine Oct 21, 2008 06:20 PM

                      I'm not sure where we'll be. We're doing a 2 day hop on, hop off tour so depends where we are when we're hungry. I'd just like a few options so I dont have to pick someplace willy nilly.

                      1. re: PAULSCOHEN
                        bnemes3343 Oct 22, 2008 07:11 AM

                        Gennaro is definitely NOT a "red sauce" place. Absolutely great food, but if you are really looking for a red sauce place, don't go there.

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                          LNG212 Oct 22, 2008 10:54 AM

                          I agree that Gennaro is definitely NOT "red sauce". I wouldn't call Convivio red sauce either. While Carmine's is a red sauce type place, be advised that it is "family style" which makes having dinner for 2 somewhat difficult (i.e. one main dish easily serves more than 2 people).

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