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Rustic Italian UES/UWS

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It's our 1st wedding anniversary and we're looking for italian trattoria on the UES or UWS. Good food but nothing trendy or sexy. Looking for an enjoyable relaxing meal with a rustic-type atmosphere. Any suggestions for a loved local restaurant?

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  1. sfoglia is terrific, but hard to get in. Lex @ 92

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    1. re: frances 50

      Yes, that would be my suggestion as well.

      1. You might find Sfoglia noisy and crowded enough to spoil the celebration. We live just a few blocks away, went once, and never went back: the food was middling and in an odd way amateurish, with false touches throughout; the "rustic" kitchen tables impossible, at least for me, to sit easily at. Quattro Gatti, on 81st and 3rd, is a more traditional place, with genial Italian waiters of a certain age, and well-prepared, straightforward food. It's not sexy, trendy, or even that ambitious, but with a softer, older, and welcoming warmth missing from Sfoglia. Your call.

        1. gennaro uws, cipolla rossa upper east

          1. i remember very delicious meals at erminia, rughetta, and italianissimo on the east side, and celeste and spiga on the west side that fit your request... enjoy!