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Choose between these four UES Italian spots!

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I'm trying to find the best, freshest Italian place on the UES to take 6 people. Their tastes tend more toward southern than northern italian (great marinara, fresh fish, lovely salads, shellfish, etc.) I've been told by various people the best is: Spigolo, Via Quadronno, Sistina, and Il Riccio.

Your expertise will be greatly appreciated!

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Via Quadronno
25 E 73rd St, New York, NY 10021

Il Riccio
152 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10075

Spigolo
1561 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

Sistina
1555 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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  1. I'm a little surprised that you didn't include Sfoglia on 92nd and Lex, which is the best of the UES Italians IMHO. Cippola Rosa on First Avenue is also very good, but is tiny. Spigolo is terrific but, I think, somewhat uncomfortable. Sistina is in a totally different category than the other three, fancier dining room, higher menu prices, Upscale crowd (I've been there when the likes of Henry and Nancy Kissinger, Harrison Ford, Dick Fuld (Of Lehman Brothers infamy) have been there (although not together). I like it a lot, but it's a different class than the other places and the menu is probably more predictable.

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    Spigolo
    1561 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

    Sfoglia
    1402 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

    Sistina
    1555 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

    1. Of those four, I've only been to Spigolo. Rather than tending toward any specific region of Italy, the cuisine, imo, is more Italian-inspired Contemporary American. In any case, the food is delicious. The charming interior space is teeny, and I did not see any tables that could fit six. There is much more outdoor seating when the weather is conducive.

      Photos of our Spigolo dinner here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

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      1. re: RGR

        Thanks, I did mean to include Sfoglia! Have you heard anything about the other two (Via Q or Il Riccio)?

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        Il Riccio
        152 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10075

        Sfoglia
        1402 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

        1. re: LuckyBird

          Via Quadronno is a caffe, with light lunch dishes. Il Riccio offers some Neapolitan dishes, competently done, but may be too small for 6--it's very tight inside. Spigolo has the most interesting menu of the group, and we've enjoyed it, but it, too, may be cramped for 6. Sfoglia has a very brief, simple menu, at relatively high prices, with very uneven food and service. Many CHers like it: we live 4 blocks away and can't figure out the appeal. Cipolla Rossa is closed. For a usually reliable, mainstream/old school but well done Italian that can seat 6 easily, there's Quattro Gatti on E 81st. Buon appetito.

      2. Does the 6 include you as well? Spigolo does not reserve for table larger than 6 people. It is by far my favorite for great Italian-innovative small plates of fantastic food and wine.I just tried Il Riccio for the first time and was left dissappointed. It was probably more the obnoxious waiter I had that doomed the evening from the get go. Food was uninspiring. Sisitina is also great-more of a dressier crowd. If I had to pick for a larger group than 6 people I would choose Nicola's on 84th bet Lex and 3rd. Report back what you chose and results!!

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        Il Riccio
        152 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10075

        Spigolo
        1561 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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        1. re: UES Mayor

          I could not agree more...the food at Il Riccio is OK, not great, but the service was horrendous from the time we walked in, "greeted" by a most unfriendly host, throughout dinner where the service was slow as molasses and unhospitable. Good call above on Quatro Gatti, though it gets little recognition for some reason.

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          Il Riccio
          152 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10075

        2. Spigolo for sure, and I include Sfoglia when I say that.

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          Spigolo
          1561 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

          Sfoglia
          1402 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128