Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >
Apr 6, 2009 03:11 PM

In town next week, confused and overwhelmed with selectiing 3-4 places for Italian dinners?

I'm looking for some different food experiences, dont want to repeat same style. Coming in late on Sunday and was just going to eat around hotel 47th@Broadway so thought maybe Orso or Roberto Passon. Next night was thinking early dinner at either Babbo or Scapetta? After that I would like one place that does Italian comfort food well, such as Spagetti and meat balls lasagna etc, and finally see alot of post for places such as Convivio, Scuderia,Apizz,Inoteca,Sant Ambroeus,Aurora,L'Artusi,Cacio e Vino Piccolo Angolo, Bar Pitti etc. Here's where I'm confused any thoughts on narrowing things down or changing plans a bit would be appreciated. Thanks,

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. If you are considering Babbo, you might want to make a reservation immediately or consider the "walk-in" approach . . .

    I've only been to Convivio.

    1. apizz is wonderful for meatballs and pastas baked in their wood-fired oven. also makes for nice atmosphere if it's a bit chilly.

      i really like insieme, which has introduced a 35 dollar prix fixe dinner (though i'd recommend splurging on the pasta tasting menu).

      personally, i like the vibe at lupa better than babbo in batali world....

      do you have boundaries you'd like to stay within, either $-wise or location-wise?

      1 Reply
      1. re: david sprague

        No particular boudries $ or location wise. Just want 4 places that are differnt in their approach to Italian food and with varying atmospheres.

      2. To have four nicely varied experiences, I would pick Scarpetta, Convivio, Lupa and Orso.

        1. I'm a huge fan of L'Artusi and love their spaghetti & meatballs (on the cheaper side, too).
          Not too familiar w/ Italian in the theater district, though I found Cascina to be good (great Bolognese sauce and nice atmosphere).
          I love Apizz and if you can get to Babbo around 5:30-ish, you may be OK.

          1. For upscale, I would recommend Alto, Convivio's sister restaurant. Closed Sunday.


            For excellent traditional Italian-American (meatballs & spaghetti a sometimes special, but all the other usual suspects are on the regular menu), we like Campanile. Open Mon.-Fri. only.


            1 Reply
            1. re: RGR

              Any insight into the reasoning behind those hours? Lamarca on 22nd & 3rd is the same way, only open M-F.

              It seems their accountant might say, "You know, many people enjoy eating out on Saturday and brunch on Sunday."