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inexpensive Italian downtown?

I'm looking for a great, inexpensive Italian place downtown. It would be great to find house made pasta... but that might mean it gets expensive. I'm not a huge Bianca fan, too salty and heavy. I'd love some suggestions!

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  1. Spina
    175 Avenue B, nr. E. 11th St. New York, NY 10009
    212-253-2250
    http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...

    1. Thanks... I googled Spina and read some rave reviews... it looks like a great choice!

      1. East Village style... Luzzo's, Max and Frank are my three favorites

        www.immaculateinfatuation.com

        1. How about Little Frankies? Really good food, about the same price point as Bianca.

          1. I'd recommend Supper (2nd St. and Av. A), Cacio e Vino (2nd Av. between 4th and 5th), and Frankie's Spuntino (Clinton St. just south of Houston). Frank is also good but I think a bit more expensive. I've liked Li'l Frankie's in the past; I haven't been there recently but tend to get a salad and pizza, and I've previously found their salads excellent and their pizzas good. I'd rate Cacio e Vino higher, because I like their pizze and schiaccati better and find their menu more interesting. Never heard of Spina; I'll have to try them, and thanks for the recommendation, Rmis32. Any favorite dishes there?

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            1. re: Pan

              Thanks everyone! I think it's between Spina and Cacio e Vino.

              1. re: Pan

                Spina was recommended by a friend. I'm going tom'w night, so I'll report back.