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Apr 7, 2009 06:15 PM

Not another Little Italy Post, sorry.

Yeah, its one of those.

Need a little italy restaurant recommendation for dinner with my girlfriend, her mom, and mom's friend. Now I live pretty close to little italy but havent been there since senior prom. Me and the gf love cinghiale, but I know that is not what the mom & friend had in mind.

So i guess im looking for fun, not too expensive place where we can all hopefully a middle ground food wise. Now im not sure if this place exists in Little Italy, but im hoping someone thinks it does.

Scanned the boards before posting this, and got a huge mixed bag, so i know the opinions will vary a lot. Thank you, and sorry for starting another one of these posts.

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    1. try amicci's - it is fun and not expensive. Food is as good or better than most of the higher priced places.

      1. Go for Amicci's or La Scala

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        1. re: rpb

          2 out of 3 non-hate responses, I'd call that pretty good. Thanks. Checked out both places' menus online, i think this is the middle ground i was looking for. Never been to either, but have been to La Scala's sandwich spot, which I enjoyed.

          Would it be fair to say that Amicci's is the more causal of the two? Any specific dish recs at either?

          I think the guests would be happy at either of these places, which was the point of the whole thing. Thanks.

          1. re: ingramcol

            I had some kind of chicken in a white wine reduction with spinach and sundried tomatoes at La Scala, which was decent. The pasta on the side sucked, though, but that could be because I'm from Philadelphia and am a hideous pasta snob. All in all, definitely not a bad meal, and don't feel bad about doing the Little Italy thing- it's fun to see.

        2. La Tavola is nice. I've never had a bad meal there and the service is top notch.

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          1. re: maddogg280

            I also liked La Tavola, but, to be fair, I have not been in several years. I have eaten there about 10 times and can not recall a bad meal. And Maddogg is right---the service is excellent.

            1. re: diablo

              Hmmm, La Tavola menu looks better to me than amicci's at a similar price point.

              Probably between those two.

              Thanks everyone.

              1. re: ingramcol

                La Tavola has a decent wine list, so if you're into cinghiale, you prob love wine. food is satisfying there. my default place in Little I, if i must.

                1. re: ingramcol

                  La Tavola, at least, will cook your pasta al dente.

                  (Actually, my experience with them has been quite good -- one of the neighborhood's exceptions. Moreso for the pastas than the rest.)

                  1. re: Dmnkly

                    Perfect, thanks everyone.

                    Fresh pasta won over, and will be going with La Tavola. Will be sure to report back. Glad to hear the wine list has something to work with.

            2. Aldo is great, but can be pricey- or try Chiapparelli's- both are on high street.
              **My favorite is NOT in Little Italy- La Famiglia near JHU. It is owned by Dino who ran

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              1. re: BawlmerWhites