L'Artusi vs. Apizz vs. Locanda Verde for 30th birthday dinner?
I am taking my husband and 3 other couples out for dinner. We want great food and an energetic room, but not too loud that we cant hear each other speak. Which of these restaurants (or others) would you recommend? I am treating so if you have other suggestions, this is the price range we are looking for.
Never been to Apizz, but between Locanda and L'Artusi I would go with Locanda for sure! I've been to L'artusi 3 times--the first time I went the food was great and the atmosphere was loud, but fun, and they have a great wine list. Each time after that however, the food has gotten progressively worse. Way too salty!!
Locanda is fabulous!
Oh my gosh - I had the most wonderful meal I have had in ages at L'Artusi recently...
We found everything to be superb from start to finish!
I love Apizz, the food is definitely amazing, but to me it's more of a quiet date spot...not really for a special occaision.
We were seated upstairs at L'Artusi on a Friday night and the vibe was perfect...buzzing but not too loud. Downstairs was seriously buzzing. We also found our server to be very well informed and helpful throughout the meal. He suggested a fantastic reasonable bottle of wine.
I would have to disagree with Stephanie on this one and suggest L'Artusi!
and I would HIGHLY recommend the mushroom sidedish which was to die for as well as the olive oil cake - simply amazing!
I've not been to the other 2, but we found Locanda Verde to be loud. We also think that the food is average and that there are many other Italian restaurants in the city that does it better.
Peasant in Nolita, imho, fits your requriements. Very good food, energetic, and a good celebratory atmosphere. Excellent service, too.