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lnedrive14 Jan 14, 2011 06:50 AM

Looking for a good bowl of pasta in/around Soho, Noho, Nolita, central village area (i.e. within a 10-15 minute walk of soho). Been to Morini recently, but something along those lines. I feel like a bunch of new Italian spots have opened in that area but I am completely blanking.

Thanks!

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    Riverman500 RE: lnedrive14 Jan 14, 2011 07:54 AM

    Drawing a blank in SoHo, NoHo, Nolita and Central Village as well. Lupa, Po, and Babbo are still great, but not new.

    I can't think of any newish Italian restaurants downtown besides Porsena in the East Village, Ciano in the Flatiron District, and Il Matto in Tribeca. I haven't been to any of these restaurants but have heard good things.

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    Ciano
    45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

    Il Matto
    281 Church St, New York, NY 10013

    Porsena
    21 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

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      loratliff RE: Riverman500 Jan 14, 2011 09:14 AM

      I've heard very good things about Porsena, but admittedly haven't been.

      I quite like Otto's pasta and for the price ($9), it's a steal. I also like Malatesta—very similar to Morini. It's at Washington and Christopher, so maybe more westerly than you're wanting, but still quite walkable from SoHo.

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      Porsena
      21 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

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        lnedrive14 RE: loratliff Jan 14, 2011 09:23 AM

        Had heard good things about Malatesta. Maybe that's worth checking out.

        And it doesn't need to be a new place - I considered babbo, for instance, but had also been fairly recently.

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        Malatesta
        649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

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          peter j RE: lnedrive14 Jan 14, 2011 09:37 AM

          Jane has great pasta, though it's not an Italian restaurant.

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      susan robin RE: lnedrive14 Jan 14, 2011 10:10 AM

      Aurora in Soho will fit the bill although not new. Malatesta is also good but can be very crowded and I believe it is cash only, fyi.

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      Malatesta
      649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

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        kathryn RE: lnedrive14 Jan 14, 2011 10:15 AM

        You're probably thinking of Torrisi and Spasso? Maybe Rubirosa? Porsena?

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        Porsena
        21 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

        Rubirosa
        235 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

        Spasso
        551 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

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          kathryn RE: lnedrive14 Jan 14, 2011 10:16 AM

          Peasant is also in the neighborhood.

          1. sgordon RE: lnedrive14 Jan 14, 2011 10:32 AM

            Caffe Falai - excellent housemade pastas, a lighter hand than Morini on the sauces, not as fatty.
            Peasant - rustic, hearty.

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            Caffe Falai
            265 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

            Peasant
            194 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

            1. loratliff RE: lnedrive14 Jan 14, 2011 05:45 PM

              Okay, I have a place to add after my dinner tonight: Marinella, at Carmine and Bedford Streets. Not fancy or big name, but very, very old school Italian (and not just red sauce). I had squid ink linguine with calamari—super fresh and tasty. My partner's bolognese was equally as good.

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              Marinella
              49 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

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