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Yet another recommendation for Italian, PLEASE

misnatalie Jan 29, 2009 08:14 PM

Hello all. I rarely eat Italian in restaurants (too spoiled by grandma's home cooking). I have gone to Babbo, and Lupa and enjoyed them very much. I also frequent a neighborhood favorite, Grano, and am never disappointed. What I would like is a recommendation for the BEST Italian other than Babbo. Price does not matter, any atmosphere, anywhere below the 80's, and a good wine list is a plus. It will be a special occasion with friends who love Italian. All suggestions appreciated.

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  1. erica RE: misnatalie Jan 30, 2009 04:01 AM

    Convivio. Alto also gets great reviews but I've not been there so cannot comment. Both have great wine lists.

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      MMRuth RE: erica Jan 30, 2009 04:11 AM

      I would suggest Alto - with the caveat to skip the fish dishes. I've posted two pretty long reports about my experiences there.

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      silencespeak RE: misnatalie Jan 30, 2009 05:16 AM


      All worth considering.

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        italianagambino RE: misnatalie Jan 30, 2009 06:29 AM

        Scallinatella is a nice option!

        1. misnatalie RE: misnatalie Jan 30, 2009 07:18 PM

          Thanks everyone.

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            kobetobiko RE: misnatalie Jan 30, 2009 09:40 PM

            If you like rustic Italian, try Peasant

            1. vvvindaloo RE: misnatalie Jan 31, 2009 06:25 AM

              Peasant and Insieme would definitely be worth checking out. A couple of years ago, I would have said A Voce, but I haven't been since the original chef, Andrew Carmellini, left. I did not have a rave-worthy experience at Convivio, unlike others on this board. I also like Apizz, Centro Vinoteca and dell-Anima, but the food is not on a level with Peasant, which I would probably give the #2 spot to, after Babbo.
              If you want to stick with Batali, I happen to think that Del Posto is very good, though maybe not worth the jump in price when you consider that the food is just as enjoyable at Babbo (IMO).
              I have not been to Alto, though I hear it is very good, and it is on my "list".

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                bd37703 RE: vvvindaloo Jan 31, 2009 07:10 AM

                del posto is great .... food is awesome .... service is out of this world .... tables are miles apart (you know what i mean) ...... they even put a little ottoman for my wife's purse ...... well worth the money considering what you get (or don't get) at similarly priced restaurants in the city.

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