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UWS Reasonable and Delicious Italian

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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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  1. 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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    1. re: Brian W

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

      Any dishes you would advise against?

    2. 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...

        1. la vela is always a safe bet.

          1. 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