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My dad loves little-Italy style red sauce Italian, hate fancy . . . I am the opposite

Where can I take my dad for a decent Italian dinner, I suggested and sent him menus from Babbo, Ai Fiori, Lincoln, Scarpetta, A Voce, etc. and he roundly rejected them all as too fancy (and maybe a bit too pricey, but I am paying, not he, so he can't whine about that).

Where can he get more "Americanized" Italian food that is comparable in quality to the above?

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Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

A Voce
41 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010

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

Lincoln
142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

Ai Fiori
400 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

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  1. Rubirosa?
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/762944

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    Rubirosa
    235 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

    1. Crispo?

      Also, Quinto Quarto.

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

      Quinto Quarto
      14 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

      2 Replies
      1. re: loratliff

        wait in line at torrisi italian specialties

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        Torrisi Italian Specialties
        250 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

        1. re: BillyBob

          second Rubirosa & Crispo

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

          Rubirosa
          235 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

      2. I admittedly haven't been, but would Spasso fit the bill, too?

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        Spasso
        551 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

        1. I went to Porsena recently and had kind of a mixed experience, but it might be exactly what you're looking for. My main issue with Porsena is I couldn't tell if they were trying to be a fancy Italian place or a red-sauce joint, and they are somewhere in between.

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

          1. Piccolo Angelo, corner of Hudson and Jane. Just dont let him see the prices.

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            Piccolo Angolo
            621 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014