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Mar 8, 2011 05:13 PM

Visiting fr SF looking for consensus on best Italian for starter and pasta around$30pp w/o bev,tax and tip thought Scarpetta but

Don't want to spend $24 on the spagehtti plate which I've made and is delicious plus would like a place that hasn't had its concept sold out to other locations all over the country Is there any place that stands out for a primi plate, pasta at my price range that is only in nyc

355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

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    Osteria Morini

    170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

    2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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    1. re: Riverman500

      Are some of those Riverman listed above my price point of an app and pasta dish maxed at $30 not incl bev,tax and tip trying to get a list that fits criteria

      1. re: Chuck Lawrence

        aurora (soho)
        pepolino (soho)
        lupa (village)
        torrisi italian specialties (nolita) - gotta wait in line, but worth it (I think its like $50 prix fixe though)

      2. I am not sure if this is too late for your trip but if i had to pick one moderately priced pasta to feed someone from sf (where i grew up) it would be Franky's Sputino (17) for the house-made cavatellie with faccio's hot sausage in brown butter w sage. its not as elegant or elevated as some of these other suggestions but to me it hits a great balance between newer hipper ny and old school (faccio's sausage is killer - i know you can get good new agey sausages and meat products in sf but theres something perfectly classic about that sausage and what it does for the dish).

        plus, its 15 bucks and you could pick pretty much anything off the rest of the menu to compliment it without breaking your 30 dollar budget. octopus and dandelion looks pretty good, i really dig their meat balls if you want something less vegetably, but really there are loads of options there for you.