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Jul 17, 2009 01:19 PM

L'Artusi, Malatesta or Locande Verde?

Hi everyone! Former Boston Chowhounder has relocated to NY (BK baby!).

Anyway, I'm meeting with a friend whom I haven't seen in about 15 years and as I had no clue as to where we should go, she suggested these three restaurants. I did a search here and on other sites to get an idea and all three places seem great (the reviews here seemed mostly positive for all three). So, in your opinion, which would be the place to go for 2 ladies wanting to have dinner and engage in catch-up conversation in a pseudo-casual atmosphere (i.e., a comfortable place where we can just talk with each other and have fun and not have to worry about insane noise levels)? I'd prefer it if things weren't too expensive (e.g., ~$60/person)... I eyeballed the menus for all three and they all seem in the same range with Malatesta being the least expensive?

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  1. Never been to Malatesta, but I'd say L'Artusi is a great pick for that kind of atmosphere. LOVE Locanda Verde but the noise levels are pretty crazy.

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    1. re: liztish

      ok! thanks! I was leaning towards l'artusi based on the reviews, but based on your advice it seems like the place to go! thx again!

      just in case, are there any other places that you'd suggest with a similar ambiance or vibe and that's not too expensive (doesn't necessarily have to be italian according to my friend)? just wanted to compare your advice with a list i've compiled based on other reviews here...

      1. re: liztish

        The first time we went to Locanda Verde, about a month ago, it was noisy and crowded. But our second visit, this past Wednesday, was completely different, not noisy at all and not at all crowded, just extremely pleasant. The food is wonderful and the service is very pleasant and professional.

        1. re: rrems

          Hmm... we'll be meeting on a Friday night so I'm thinking LV will probably be noisy by the time we get there. Other sites also stated that LV is awesome but noisy unless you get there early... but then again that holds true for so many places.

          Agghhh! Decision, decisions, decisions... I suck at making decisions especially when it comes to food! T_T