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quiet, not too pricey italian, downtown


by not too pricey i mean under $50/person including dinner, wine, a shared appetizer and maybe a shared desert


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  1. Le Zie, 7th Ave and 20th St. Not terribly noisy (except when the subway rumbles by below).

    Le Zie
    172 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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    1. re: bobjbkln

      Le Zie is good but definitely not quiet based on my experience. Are the tables still close together? I'd suggest LaVagna but it's also noisy and tables are pretty close together except for a corner one.

      How far downtown? Acqua on Peck Slip near the Seaport is a good Italian, nice atmosphere, frequented by locals. Not a destination place . . .

    2. Via Emilia, Malatesta Trattoria, Da Andrea.

      1. All good options. On the East Side there's Frankie's 17, Cannonau, Il Posto Accanto, Supper, Frank, In Vino. Many others too... I just don't want to overwhelm you with too many options.

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        1. re: egit

          Supper and Frank, quiet? Not really.

          1. re: visciole

            Oops... missed that first word. :) Sorry. No, Supper and Frank are definitely not quiet.

          1. What about Spina on B and 11th?

              1. re: smokeandapancake

                Is Cucina di pesci stil at 2nd ave and ? 2nd st. We used to go there all the time in the late 80's, I still remember getting a meal for two for less than $25. There was another one with the same owners called Frutti Di Mare just across the street.

                1. re: saeyedoc

                  Cucina Di Pesce is still there. 4th Street btw. 2nd and 3rd Ave. Frutti di Mare is no longer there. Closed a couple years ago I'd guess.

              2. I go to Trattoria Toscana on Carmine off Bedford for great pastas, meat and ( when it's on the specials list) rabbit. The starters are good, too. Fish entrees are a little weak, but the calamari are really good and it is QUIET. Quieter on weekdays than Saturdays, but I like it BECAUSE it isn't celeb chef "destination" place. It has a steady clientele of largely neighborhood patrons. I've done big gatherings there and everyone agreed it was great.