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Jan 18, 2010 02:23 PM

Good Reasonable Italian?

Looking for a great Italian restaurant anywhere in the city that will not break the bank. Had hoped for Carmine's but they are booked solid. Not a fan of Becco. Heard good/bad about Luna. Any recommendations, please?

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  1. How much do you want to spend, and what is the size of your group?

    1. Are you referring to Luna on Mulberry in Little Italy. I thought they had closed. Otherwise there are several Italian places in NYC with Luna in the name but not simply called Luna. Which one did you mean?

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      1. re: boccalupo

        There are at least 5 of us for dinner, maybe a couple more. Maybe $20 per entree? The Luna partly owned by Mario Batalli, is the one I'm referring to. Thanks for your help!

        1. re: PaulaK

          Are you thinking of Mario Batali's Lupa? If so, I think it could work for you, if you order carefully. I've always enjoyed my meals there, and often have luck with last minute reservations.

      2. We revisited Bocca on East 19th the other night after not having been there since October 2008. It was actually very good. Here's a link:

        1. if you have your heart set on carmines, did you try both of them? Did you try Tony Di Napoli?

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          1. re: smokeandapancake

            Tony Di Napoli? In my opinion, this is not good Italian food. The quality is Olive Garden at best.

            1. re: ttoommyy

              I agree. Tony's Di Napoli is not that good, but it is better than Carmine's, or at least the UES location is.

              1. re: Brian W

                I guess part of the problem is what exactly someone means when they talk about Italian food these days. 20 years ago most people would assume it meant Italian-American food. But now when I hear Italian, I think of Italian food that one would actually eat in Italy. That is why I recommended Bocca. I've never been to Carmine's, but since you say Tony Di Napoli is a bit better, I assume Carmine's is Italian-American food...and not very good at that!

                1. re: ttoommyy

                  this is true, but going by original post, it seems they want american italian and i is what it is...but that's what OP wants.. ;-)

          2. palma on cornelia st is yummy.