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Affordable Rustic Italian near Greenwich Village

I am looking for an affordable rustic Italian charming restaurant in Greenwich Village or surrounding areas, obviously serving great food.

To give you an idea of price range- somewhere between Otto Pizzeria and Il Buco - hopefully somebody knows of a little gem where a party of 4 could conceivably eat and drink for under $300 total.

Multiple suggestions welcome!

I promise to post reviews post-chow.

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Il Buco
47 Bond St., New York, NY 10012

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  1. Just about on the rustic side, but will fit your budget - Malatesta.

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    Malatesta
    649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

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    1. re: RCC

      strong second rec for malatesta -- i love this place. look for good pasta specials and the gnocchi are always delicious. it's not fancy, but authentic and relaxed. note that it's cash only, and depending on what night you're planning to go you should think about making a reservation (it's packed on friday and saturday nights, and pleasantly abuzz most other nights of the week).

      1. re: ellabella

        I'm sure I'm in the minority here, and I have only been to Malatesta once, but I was unimpressed. I thought the food, including the pasta and gnocchi, were nothing to write home about. And the service was kind of weird -- after we had been there perhaps an hour and a half (with a reservation) the waiter asked if we could clear out because others were waiting to be seated. It's the kind of cute Village place I wanted to love but the food and service made it just meh.

        1. re: City Kid

          You've got at least one other person who feels the same way. Weird service, very mediocre food. The gnocchi were decently done, but the sauce tasted like it could have come out a jar. No spice to the arrabiatta sauce. There was a pasta special with zucchini, prosciutto, and black olives that sounded good. However, when I asked about the olives, the waiter said he thought they came out of a can.

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          Malatesta
          649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

      2. re: RCC

        I third Malatesta. I've enjoyed the pastas there. One note of caution ... the one time we ordered a bottle of white wine during the summer months, the waiter brought it out and opened and while he showed the label to us (yes, it was what we ordered) he never gave any indication that it wasn't cold! I mean seriously, the waiter should have said "oh we don't have that bottle chilled yet" or some such thing. Instead he opened it and after he poured and we commented, he said "oh we'll just put it in an ice bucket". It did *not* do the trick. We made our displeasure known, they did nothing. We didn't go further with it because we were enjoying ourselves (though that waiter got a much lower tip than he otherwise would have).

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        Malatesta
        649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

      3. Morandi - not exactly little but quite good

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        Morandi
        211 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

        1. Wow thanks guys! Will definately check them out. Any thoughts on Enoteca Barbone or Crispo? Sort of look alright on website but hard to tell.

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

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          1. re: casiesse

            I would choose Barbone over Crispo; however, Barbone is deep into East Village so not sure if it satisfies your location requirements? Barbone IMHO has both better food (Crispo's flavors just seemed a bit flat) and also better atmosphere-this time of year there is a nice courtyard out back with tables.

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

            1. re: orthorunner

              Crispo is not rustic Italian, in my book; more nearly, it's heavily Italian-influenced urban American food, with some French influences, too. I like Crispo, though. I don't think I've been to Barbone, though, so I can't compare the two.

            2. re: casiesse

              Barbone is pretty cramped with irresponsible service. Food is good, but lean away from the entree side of the menu if you're going to brave it.

            3. Pepolino on W Broadway south of Canal

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              Pepolino
              281 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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              1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                I second this. It happened to be across the street from our hotel and we wanted something simple and close. The fettucine al coniglio was to die for.