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Best moderate Northern Italian?

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I just got back from Italy and have to say I was not wowed by a single (copiously researched) meal. What's the best going on in the Big Apple?

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  1. Give us a couple of dishes you're looking for, what you mean by "moderate," and if you have a neighborhood preference. Thanks.

    www.thelunchbelle.com

      1. re: notsochubbychubette

        I do think Alto is very expensive - not that I have any other suggestions!

        1. re: MMRuth

          YOU ARE RIGHT! I missed the moderate part! I'm sorry! :)

          1. The point of Northern Italian is not to wow the palate so much as it is to deploy beautiful fresh ingredients in simple and fulfilling ways. That is probably why I don't like Northern Italian much myself. That said, I have had good meals at Trattoria Toscana if only because I enjoy their gnocchi.