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What's next for the best Italian in the whole city?

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popcornsutton87 Feb 24, 2010 08:00 AM

So ive spent too many sleepless nights in the last year thinking of what was next for me in the search for Italian perfection on my next trip to NYC.I have no limitaions on where it is in the city My only requirement is that it's not more than 50$pp Heres the list of the places ive been to, whats next?

Da Andrea
Bianca
Crispo
Babbo
Perbaco
Al di la

What Ive come up with is:

Apizz
malatesta
Trattoria L'incontro

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    boccalupo RE: popcornsutton87 Feb 25, 2010 07:15 AM

    Malatesta is a fine neighborhood trattoria, but it is not transcendent.

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      popcornsutton87 RE: boccalupo Feb 25, 2010 02:26 PM

      then what is transcendent?

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        boccalupo RE: popcornsutton87 Feb 26, 2010 07:15 AM

        You can probably get some good ideas by searching the board.

        I'll throw out a few names: Scarpetta, Peasant (same owner as Apizz), Convivio, Falai.

        A lot of people like Lupa (I find it hit and miss, but very good when they are on) and Roberto's (still looking to try it) in the Bronx.

        Of moderately priced neighborhood trattorie, I would put Noodle Pudding in Brooklyn above Malatesta. Frankie's 457 Spuntino (I've only been to the Brooklyn branch) is worth trying as well.

        For very good food and excellent pizza, there is Franny's and Roberta's in Brooklyn.

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      Pookipichu RE: popcornsutton87 Feb 25, 2010 11:58 AM

      Trattoria L'incontro is similar to Al Di La in some ways, but Al Di La is much better, more consistent. TI has dozens of specials as opposed to ADL's focused menu. I've had great dishes at TI and mediocre ones. Luck of the draw, for instance, I thought the lasagna at TI was too acidic, with no complexity in the sauce and the noodles were overcooked. Their short ribs with polenta was phenomenal though.

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