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Visiting, need HELP with 1 Italian dinner rec., the Bar at Babbo,Convivio,Apizz or Scarpetta?

mick Mar 17, 2009 11:14 AM

In town 4 days staying in midtown not sure how to decide between above any plus,minus, looking for one tasty meal anyone stand out

  1. LeahBaila Mar 17, 2009 11:34 AM

    Although I've only been to Apizz and Babbo, all four restaurants get praise. They are all quite different from one another (from what I've experienced and read). Ideally, what are your expectations for this meal? Thanks.


    1. princeofpork Mar 17, 2009 11:44 AM

      I have been to Apizz many times and this food is awesome. However, it is not very conducive to eating alone. The bar is small and off to the side.

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      1. re: princeofpork
        mick Mar 17, 2009 03:35 PM

        Dinner is for two people and we have been to Peasant is that too similar to Apizz? Most likely will have an app/salad and pasta dishes probably not a 3rd dish or entree. And no desert. Does that fit anyone of the restaurants listed better?

        1. re: mick
          ian9139 Mar 17, 2009 08:10 PM

          As long as you don't mind going early, you will prob have an excellent meal at Babbo esp seeing as you are most interested in apps and pastas.

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        taboo Mar 17, 2009 03:42 PM

        #1 Babbo
        #2 Scarpetta
        Both have amazing food and service
        #3 Convivio
        never been to Apizz

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        1. re: taboo
          Nancy191 Mar 17, 2009 03:59 PM

          #1 Scarpetta
          #2 Babbo
          Both have amazing food and service
          I'd leave out Convivio
          never been to Apizz

          1. re: Nancy191
            mick Mar 17, 2009 04:11 PM

            Thanks helpful, can you also eat at the bar at Scarpetta?

            1. re: mick
              rrems Mar 17, 2009 08:40 PM

              I think you can eat at the bar, but call and ask just to be sure. If you are fond of organ meats, go to Babbo or Convivio. I prefer Convivio over Babbo though both are great. Scarpetta serves somewhat more conventional dishes, but very well executed. I really think your choice should depend on which menu appeals to you most.

              1. re: rrems
                mick Mar 18, 2009 10:28 PM

                What time do you need to get to Babbo to eat the bar to avoid any wait. This would be midweek a Mon, Tue or Wed for two people. I know the website says the bar opens at 5:00pm and dinner begins at 5:30, so if you get there between 5:00 and 5:30 is that sufficient. Thanks.

                1. re: mick
                  taboo Mar 19, 2009 04:38 AM

                  That would be perfect timing since people go right from work. Get there by 5:30PM the latest and you should be fine. Have fun....and yum!

                  1. re: taboo
                    Nancy191 Mar 22, 2009 08:06 AM

                    Scarpetta hands down

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