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Italian Food - Good, simple fare. Does it exist?

lalanyc Dec 16, 2009 09:36 AM

So I'm wondering if a good, homey Italian restaurant with a nice atmosphere exists? I'm going out to with a group. One of the guests isn't into fancy-pants Italian food and had food limitations since they only eat chicken or fish. So I'm looking for simple yet delicious rustic fare. So far I'm leaning toward Da Andrea but does anyone have suggestions? Thanks.

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  1. erica RE: lalanyc Dec 16, 2009 09:53 AM

    What exactly do you mean by "rustic?" That word might apply to half the Italian restaurants in the city. Lupa is one idea.

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      lalanyc RE: erica Dec 16, 2009 10:03 AM

      Thanks Erica. Rustic in my view = simple preparation. Not too trendy. Probably redundant since I already said "simple" :0).

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      mch RE: lalanyc Dec 16, 2009 10:11 AM

      how big is the group? certain part of city?

      bianca might work for you but it is cash only and not very big. la vela on the uws sounds like it will fit your menu limitations. nothing super fancy but quaint with good food.

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        lalanyc RE: mch Dec 16, 2009 10:16 AM

        Looking for something downtown but it's not a necessity since we are all traveling from all parts. 5 in the party. Thanks.

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          jenhen2 RE: lalanyc Dec 16, 2009 11:34 AM

          Crispo is my fave! I think it's simple and delicious!

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            erica RE: lalanyc Dec 16, 2009 12:36 PM

            Apizz is really lovely and they have many rustic/homey dishes, including wonderful meatballs. I am sure they have enough scope to please even the meat shunner.

        2. smokeandapancake RE: lalanyc Dec 16, 2009 12:58 PM

          bar stuzzichini

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            trixareforkids RE: smokeandapancake Dec 19, 2009 10:14 AM

            This is what I was gonna say!

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            KTinNYC RE: lalanyc Dec 16, 2009 01:02 PM

            Max, Supper, Lil Frankies, Cacio e Vino, Cacio e Pepe, Cannonau, etc. etc.

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              sea97horse RE: lalanyc Dec 17, 2009 07:49 AM

              Malatesta and Piadina. or Grano.

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                italiawife RE: sea97horse Dec 17, 2009 08:48 AM

                Try Regional, 98th and Broadway

              2. kelea RE: lalanyc Dec 19, 2009 06:02 AM

                Spina! but it's really the pasta for me

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                  MahatmaKanejeeves RE: lalanyc Dec 19, 2009 07:04 AM

                  Il Vagabondo on 62 St. It has been around long enough to be traditional and not trendy. The bocce court adds atmosphere. The location is a quiet street.

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                    DavyTheFatBoy RE: lalanyc Dec 20, 2009 05:37 PM

                    I Sodi on Christopher street is Florentine, so maybe that's more big city than rustic. But they meet my "no dish has more than five or six ingredients" simplicity rule, and the food and ingredients are excellent. It's about as close to Italy as I've found in NY. It's a small place, not sure if it's ideal for a large group, but I've seen a dozen people at a table there (which is at least 1/3 of the restaurant).

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                      LargoRobby RE: DavyTheFatBoy Dec 21, 2009 03:44 AM

                      Peasant in Soho, Bacaro (downstairs) in Chinatown, Apizz in LES, Morandi in W. Village. Barbutto is owned by chef Jonathan Waxman in W. Village, Crispo, W. Village

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