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lisabnyc Apr 19, 2010 06:58 AM

My cousin and her husband are visiting from TX and want to have Italian for dinner. I was thinking something like Max, Supper or Frank, but wanted to see if anyone else have better suggestions.

Criteria is pretty simple:
-Italian
-Pasta Entrees under $20
-Location can be anywhere from Midtown to Financial District
-Delicious
-Good atmosphere a plus

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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    carijo3 RE: lisabnyc Apr 19, 2010 09:17 AM

    My immediate thought was Frank but other options that I would absolutely recommend are Bianca Restaurant and Angolo Piccolo.

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      boccalupo RE: lisabnyc Apr 19, 2010 10:17 AM

      Actually $20 max for pasta dishes will get you a fairly wide selection of Italian places. ".

      Some places that come to mind right away would be Lavagna, Crispo, Lupa, Perbacco, In Vino, Barbone, Cacio e Pepe, Cacio e Vino, Gnocco and Via Emilia. I'd categorize these places as falling somewhere in the "moderate" price level.

      Places like Max would actually be on the lower priced end of the scale, say $10 - $11 for a pasta dish.

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      Lupa
      170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

      Barbone
      186 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

      Crispo
      240 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

      Perbacco
      234 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10009

      Lavagna
      545 E. 5th St., New York, NY 10009

      Via Emilia
      47 E 21st St, New York, NY 10010

      In Vino
      215 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10009

      Cacio e Vino
      80 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

      Cacio e Pepe
      182 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

      Gnocco
      337 E 10th St Frnt 1, New York, NY 10009

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        miriamsmarket RE: lisabnyc Apr 19, 2010 01:36 PM

        I second boccalupo's suggestion for Lupa! I'd also recommend Cacio E Pepe in the east village. Bon appetit!

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        Lupa
        170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

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          rrems RE: lisabnyc Apr 19, 2010 05:14 PM

          Lupa and Crispo are great. If you want something even more inexpensive, Da Andrea is quite nice and very authentic.

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          Lupa
          170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

          Crispo
          240 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

          Da Andrea
          35 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011

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            Simon RE: lisabnyc Apr 19, 2010 09:39 PM

            Malatesta would work great...i like Cacio e Vino too...

            i'd recommend avoiding Lupa (and all Batali restaurants)....

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            Lupa
            170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

            Malatesta
            649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

            Cacio e Vino
            80 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

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              steakrules85 RE: lisabnyc Apr 20, 2010 05:36 AM

              Definitely second Crispo.

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              Crispo
              240 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

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                lisabnyc RE: lisabnyc Apr 20, 2010 06:12 AM

                Thanks for all of the great suggestions. We ended up at Trattoria Trecolore in Times Square area. The choice was based on a theater district inquiry on this board a while back. I must say, I was really impressed, not only by the affordable prices, but with the actual meal. The atmosphere was nothing, but the service was great. We kept things simple: Caprese Salad and Ceasar Salad to start, Entrees were Spaghetti Bolognese, Chicken Parmesan and a special of the Spinach Pasta with Chicken and Mushrooms in a cream sauce. Everyone was so pleased and content....and not to mention, happy that it was only a few steps from their hotel. Would definitely recommend to people that have to meet friends & fam in this area for dinner.

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