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affordable but good italian in greenwich village

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I have some friends coming into town and they want to go to an italian restaurant. I hardly go out for italian so I need some help determining where to take them. They want to stick to Greenwich village and don't want to pay a ton. Is this even possible?

Any suggestions would be super. Anything with either outdoor seating or a garden might add to the whole "nyc cool factor."

Thanks guys!

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  1. Yes, Bar Pitti fits perfectly. Tons of outdoor seating and very good Italian food for great prices. It's also very "scene-y" with a big model/celebrity clientele. It's cash only, so that's something to take note of and does not accept reservations (except for larger parties) so you might have to wait, but it's never too long.

    1. Gonzo is very reasonable and offers outdoor seating: http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

      Also, La Lanterna Caffe: http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

      www.thelunchbelle.com

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      1. re: LeahBaila

        all great suggestions... thanks!!!

      2. Crispo had a great backyard ans really good food

        1. Malatesta is certainly affordale, imo.

          Good food, very good service, doesn't have a garden (at least the last time we were there) but the very open ambiance of the restaurant makes it feel like your dining outdoors. Oh, and they have real outdoor seating (curbside), too!

          1. If you really want to keep costs down, Da Andrea is a great choice. Otherwise, Crispo or Gonzo should work well.