UWS Reasonable and Delicious Italian
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.
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...
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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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.
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?