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sjvalent Feb 3, 2011 02:40 PM

what are the best Italian restaurants in little Italy? In all of manhattan? Interested for planning a trip at the end of the month and want the best of the best. Please list restaurants with multiple price ranges.

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  1. Delucacheesemonger RE: sjvalent Feb 3, 2011 03:21 PM

    Not expensive but my go to for years is Pepolino on W Broadway just below Canal. Owners trained at Cibreo in Florence and their farrato of the day is always wonderful.

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    Pepolino
    281 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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      kathryn RE: sjvalent Feb 3, 2011 03:26 PM

      I'd stay out of Little Italy personally. There are other places to go if you want red sauce Italian-American.

      Italian is very hot in NYC right now. I would start researching:

      Marea - especially for seafood
      Convivio
      Babbo
      Del Posto - especially their weekday prix fixe lunch deal
      Scarpetta
      Locanda Verde
      Esca - especially for seafood and their crudo
      Osteria Morini
      Ai Fiori
      Maialino
      Ciano

      And for less expensive (but not exactly cheap)
      Po
      Peasant
      Lupa
      L'Artusi
      Crispo
      Falai
      'ino and 'inoteca

      There's probably more I'm forgetting!

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      Lupa
      170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

      Babbo
      110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

      Del Posto
      85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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

      Falai
      68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

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

      Convivio
      45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

      L'Artusi
      228 West 10th Street, New York, NY 10014

      Marea
      240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

      Locanda Verde
      377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

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        Rich D. RE: kathryn Feb 3, 2011 04:23 PM

        To tack on to Kathryn's post, another cheaper but not exactly cheap Italian place that I've really enjoyed lately is Spina in Alphabet City (way East Village). Delicious housemade pastas.

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        Spina
        175 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

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        Riverman500 RE: sjvalent Feb 3, 2011 04:05 PM

        Other upscale Italian options:

        Alto
        Lincoln
        Felidia

        I haven't been to Il Mulino, Il Matto, Casa Lever, Porsena, and Novita, but these are worth exploring as well.

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        Il Mulino
        86 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012

        Felidia
        243 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022

        Novita
        102 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

        Casa Lever
        390 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022

        Il Matto
        281 Church St, New York, NY 10013

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

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          rrems RE: sjvalent Feb 3, 2011 06:52 PM

          The above suggestions are all good, but if you are looking for red-sauce Italian-American I would add Rubirosa. It is on Mulberry St., just a couple of blocks north of Little Italy, and the food is far superior to the Little Italy places. For something more sophisticated, try Ciano (listed above in kathryn's post) on east 22nd st., another relative newcomer that is turning out some very serious food. We were there last night for the second time, and it's really exceptional.

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