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Aug 11, 2009 10:34 AM

Po or Apizz for birthday?

Hi chowers,

I'm trying to decide between Po or Apizz for my boyfriend's bday dinner. We've been to neither. We're both fans of rustic Italian--though I am slightly more limited as a pescatarian, but i always find something to eat.

Which is better (food, atmosphere, overall experience?) and what dishes would you recommend? Is Po still good post-Batali? We're fans of moderate but tasty Italian places like Lupa, Babbo, Cacio e Pepe, Perbacco, Gnocco, Max-- but would like something a little more special since it's a birthday.

(on another note, if people have other recommendations, be my guest!)


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  1. Apizz for sure. The weather might be a little hot for that wood oven. But otherwise, I prefer food, atmosphere, etc. at Apizz. Much more romantic and special occasion than Po, which is solid but not particularly special imo.

    3 Replies
    1. re: a_and_w

      Apizz all the way. Nice and romantic. Get the meatballs for an app.

      1. re: princeofpork

        Second the meatballs, which are enormous and delicious. Very rustic.

      2. re: a_and_w

        >>solid but not particularly special imo.

        This is a good description. Po is good as a neighborhood standard for a weeknight, casual dinner, but I probably wouldn't go there for a special occasion like a birthday.

      3. Apizz is way better and both are far inferior to Pepolino.

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        1. re: il Trifulau

          Whoa, FAR inferior. That is a bold statement. Please explain why Pepolino is so much better.

          1. re: princeofpork

            Nightly farrato is the bomb, plus the owners. Always make it a party. l agree with il Tr, better than either of poster's choices, again IMHO.

        2. I LOVE Apizz (haven't been to Po) - I think the food is outstanding!

          However, Just my own personal opinion - the only thing I have ever had there that didn't blow me away - is the meatball. Very average IMO - (I make them better at home, but if you don't make them at home they are most likely better than most restaurant meatballs)

          1. I like both but Apizz feels more like a special occassion spot.

            1. apizz, for sure. get the Razza: Oven-Baked Skate . My fav skate dish i've ever had... soo good.