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debkurt Dec 14, 2009 01:47 PM

Hi

We have a couple of criteria to meet: my elderly mother will be with us, and prefers more traditional foods, but is demanding about quality.

We need to be in easy reach of the West Side Highway so that a member of our party can dash to work after a dinner at around 6 or 6:30.

My kids asked for Copolla's, and although I've not eaten there, I read a review/reference here that mentioned "bad food."

We definitely don't want bad food, and would prefer really good food. We don't want to spend more than 50pp without drinks.

I'm kind of looking for the Lavagna or Supper of the UWS, if there is such a thing.

I would appreciate your suggestions, and comments on Copolla's, too, if you have them.

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    debkurt Dec 15, 2009 01:47 PM

    All good information. I eliminated Gennaro and Celeste because I am not taking Granny anywhere without a reservation. Also not looking for crowded table areas. I will check out Bettola and Lisca. Isn't 'Cesca on the pricey side?

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      metfan630 Dec 15, 2009 11:34 AM

      I enjoy Coppola's also. Went there one year awhile back for a bday dinner w/ family, and I enjoy it. Since Celeste (very good as well) does not take reservations, I would suggest Coppola's over it since you have time constraint and an elderly attendee.

      I was raised on Italian food, I think its a solid place. Its not on the level of the higher end NYC Italian's, but of course, its also not in that price range.

      Lasagna is very good.

      1. LNG212 Dec 15, 2009 08:45 AM

        We like Gennaro too. We've also had good meals at Celeste (though the wait there can be horrid and if you're going on the early side you'll be surrounded by families with children). Then again, I guess the wait can be bad at Gennaro too.

        I also went to Lisca for the first time last week and thoroughly enjoyed both my meal and the atmosphere there. The servers were just perfectly gracious and the owner came over to the table to greet us. The food was very good -- we particularly enjoyed the bruschetta with tomatoes, basil, and chevre.

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        Celeste
        502 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

        Lisca
        660 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

        Gennaro
        665 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

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          mch Dec 15, 2009 07:10 AM

          la vela is always a safe bet.

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            FrankieLymon Dec 14, 2009 08:53 PM

            genarro

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              JMJD Dec 14, 2009 06:21 PM

              Not familiar with Lavagna or Supper but there's a place with a wood burning pizza oven near 79th (right around the corner) called Bettola that's nice. I think some would also recommend Cesca though I haven't been...

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                Brian W Dec 14, 2009 03:29 PM

                I am aware that Coppola's takes a beating on this board but we find it a nice place with good food. Some things I don't particularly like but I don't like those things at other places also. I will say the liguini con vongole is about as good as we had at Ristorante 34 in Rome.

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                  debkurt Dec 14, 2009 05:54 PM

                  Brian, that is somewhat comforting, because we are actually holding a reservation on Christmas Eve.

                  Any dishes you would advise against?

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