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Please recommend an UES (preferably north of 80th) Italian restaurant for an anniversary dinner. In addition to food, service and nice atmosphere are important.

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  1. Spigolo - 81st & 2nd

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    Spigolo
    1561 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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    1. re: demo5

      Agree with Spigolo.

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      Spigolo
      1561 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

      1. re: gutsofsteel

        Spigolo=Rip-off-mini serving/maxi price

        1. re: chaz

          Nice vibe
          good food
          pleasant service

          You get what you pay for. What other anniversary-worthy Italian restaurants north of 80th St. are there?

          1. re: gutsofsteel

            i had a bad experience there once - a primi of gnocchi, which were very tasty, but ridiculously overpriced - 6 small gnocchi on a plate for $15, and a small green salad that was "dressed" with a huge pour of vinegar and no discernible oil or other seasoning. luckily they had olive oil on the table for dipping bread that i could dump on the salad.

            despite that i gave them a 3 star review review on yelp, and said that if yelp allowed half stars i'd have given them a 3 1/2 star review, and needed to return to give them another chance. i got an incredibly insulting response on yelp.

            1. re: thew

              It is true that Spigolo's portions could be a bit better. However, their food is first-rate. Personally, I like Sandro's the best of all of the UES Italian restaurants (his pasta is some of the best traditional pasta in the city), but it is a fairly noisy place and not as conducive to an intimate conversation or anniversary dinner as Spigolo.

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              Spigolo
              1561 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

    2. Spigolo-make reservations! Tiny spot-great food. Small plates of really well done foods.

      1. I would highly recommend Sandro's, on E. 81st Street. We started going there last November or so, and it's really the only Italian restaurant we go to these days. Oh - other than Paola's, which is very near us and excellent. I think either would work for you - the atmosphere is a bit more festive at Paola's, I'd say. I had one of the best duck dishes I'd ever had there. One caveat - if you go with Paola's, I'd make sure to mention that it's your anniversary, only because there is sometimes a wait of a table, even with a reservation.

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        1. re: MMRuth

          The food at Paola's is great, although we liked the atmosphere at prior location better. It was much more relaxed.

          1. re: RichardNYC

            I'd never gone to the other one - this one is literally half a block from me.

          2. re: MMRuth

            Always liked Sandro's menu, but the place can be deafeningly noisy and cramped, not unlike Spigolo, and not always good for an anniversary celebration. Paola's food had always been OK, little more; at the current, larger spot on madison, the prices seem way to high, eps. if the food's no more memorable.

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            Spigolo
            1561 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

            1. re: bob96

              Are you saying Spigolo is deafeningly noisy? That seems different than what others have said.

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              Spigolo
              1561 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

          3. Quiet is much preferred to noisy, which would seem to favor Spigolo over Sandro's. Paola's can also be a bit noisy (although certainly not overwhelming) in my limited experience in the new location.

            Someone suggested I consider Erminia. Any thoughts on that?

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            Spigolo
            1561 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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            1. re: RichardNYC

              I though Erminia was sub-par when I went there. Granted, I only went once, so that may not be representative of the restaurant.

              1. re: demo5

                I agree about Erminia-was so uninspired-and the thought of the owner being murdered there a few years back kept running through my mind!

            2. Hard to argue with the S & S suggestions, but here is another to look into: Primavera (www.primaveranyc.com). The ambiance is, imo, a bit more "elegant" (e.g waiters in tuxes) though some might say it is just "old school"; food is right up there, not so inventive, perhaps, but excellent Italian. Especially if you are partial to good Italian wine, bring your big wallet. Let us know what you decide to do and how it all works out.

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              1. re: Upperwestsider

                We went to Primavera to celebrate getting engaged, many years ago. I have no real recollection of the food.

                Leaning towards Spigolo, unless it's very noisy. Maybe Paola's if Spigolo is going to be too loud

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                Spigolo
                1561 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

              2. I have always like Ninos on 1st between 72 and 73rd

                1. Wow...so much to choose from. I actually had 2 good experiences at Ermenia though. I would also pick Campagnola or Scalinatella even though it is in the 60s. Have fun!

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                  Campagnola
                  1382 1st Ave, New York, NY 10021

                  Scarpetta
                  355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

                  1. We had dinner at Spigolo tonight (not yet our anniversary). The food was very tasty. The portions seemed normal sized; not at all mini.

                    The room was nice enough. It would have been reasonably quiet if not for some self-absorbed woman who was shouting. Other than her, we could barely hear anyone else, including her dining companion. The restaurant was half empty and the walls were open for outside dining, which may have affected noise level.

                    We would definitely go back.

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                    Spigolo
                    1561 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028