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Jun 15, 2009 03:38 PM

Italian downtown Van for Thurs?

Hi all:

Last minute-ish cry for help: was banking on Cibo for a group of six this Thursday but looks like they're booked. Anywhere else in that general vicinity for nice ($20-$30 mains) Italian that isn't too loud? TIA.

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  1. If the West End is about L'Altro Buca? Or Cioppino's in Yaletown? Or Italian Kitchen (I'm not a fan personally, but I know many who like it.)

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    1. re: fmed

      I would be all over L'AB but I think they need something more "central" to downtown. I'll float Cioppino's but might be the same issue though it is closer. Does anyone know if IK is quiet enough? I have vague memories of a post complaining about noise there but maybe that was the one on 4th?

      Any other thoughts??

      1. re: grayelf

        IK will not be quiet...the acoustics are actually pretty bad.

      1. How about Il Nido?
        or CinCin?

        I suspect IK is too noisy.

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        1. re: twinkienic

          Il Nido - I haven't been in such a long time. I've heard good things recently.

        2. Cioppino's is awesome, but I think the bill will run quite a bit higher than Cibo.

          I would go to CinCin over Italian Kitchen... how about Villa del Lupo or Amacord in Yaletown? I have been to Amacord for lunch a long time ago but never to VDL.

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          1. re: Cancuk

            Hey all! Thanks v.v.m. for your great suggestions -- I've passed them all on. Here's a bit of 411 for future reference: as mentioned elsewhere, best not to rely too much on OpenTable. They said no resos except for early or late, then when the EM (ElfMother) called the actual resto tonight, lo and behold, space for 6 at 7 no problem! So they are set for Cibo for this time but will deffo be using your recs for the next get together(s),.

            1. re: grayelf

              I've noticed that about Opentable too! Made a reservation at Italian Kitchen one Friday night....showed prime times as "not available". Called the restaurant and got a reservation with no problem. And to boot, the place was half empty when we got there (and stayed that way for much of the evening).

              1. re: grayelf

                Another local food forum was discussing Opentable from the restaurant side of things. It's my understanding that each individual restaurant can set the number of bookings Opentable can make for the restaurant for any given night. The front of house will almost always leave tables for regulars, drop-ins or emergency bookings.