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Jul 8, 2009 10:43 AM

Fine Italian

I am looking for a "fine" ( read not red sauce) Italian restaurant to take out of town guests to on Friday night. The Enotecca at Del Posto is the vibe and flavor I am looking for, but don't want to spend $52 per head for a prix fixe -- ala carte preferred. Any suggestions for something other than Del Posto? Prefer the Village or Meat Market

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  1. I thought the Enoteca has a la carte as an option? Hounds seem to love Scarpetta, at 14th and 8th Ave, and it sounds like that would suit your needs well.

    1. I think Convivio's prix fixe is less, and you can choose from anything on the menu, if I recall correctly. Not in your geographic areas though.

      1. Il Mulino was perfection. They practially stuff you with complimentary food before you get your main course. Good stuff.

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        1. re: notsochubbychubette

          I've not been - but I wonder if that might run a bit above the OP's price preference? Though I may be misreading the post.

          1. re: MMRuth

            And, though a nice restaurant, wouldn't Il Mulino fall into the "red sauce" category?

        2. The best Italian I've had recently was at Novita, on 22nd and Park.

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          1. re: LeahBaila

            Glad to know that place is still worth a visit. I used to go there all the time when I lived nearby. Union Pacific opened, closed, was replaced by another restaurant that opened, closed. And ol' Novita just sat there quietly across the street, being good.

            1. re: small h

              Yep...Still great, indeed. Simple, high quality ingredients that are combined in many delicious ways. I was very pleased with Novita.


          2. Definitely try Scarpetta in the meatpacking district.