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

nmprisons Mar 25, 2011 07:21 AM

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?

110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

A Voce
41 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010

355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

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

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    kathryn Mar 25, 2011 07:25 AM


    235 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

    1. loratliff Mar 25, 2011 07:27 AM


      Also, Quinto Quarto.

      240 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

      Quinto Quarto
      14 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

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      1. re: loratliff
        BillyBob Mar 25, 2011 08:24 AM

        wait in line at torrisi italian specialties

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

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          drumwine Mar 25, 2011 09:03 AM

          second Rubirosa & Crispo

          240 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

          235 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

      2. loratliff Mar 25, 2011 09:06 AM

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

        551 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

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          InfoMofo Mar 25, 2011 09:10 AM

          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.

          21 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

          1. Steve R Mar 25, 2011 01:53 PM

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

            Piccolo Angolo
            621 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

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              Simon Mar 25, 2011 02:12 PM

              Malatesta?...one of the most reasonably priced restaurants in town, imo...not Americanized exactly, but there are always some simple red sauce pasta options, etc and at 12 oe 13 bucks per pasta dish he can't complain...

              Another option is Cacio e Vino...he might find the Sicilian dishes too odd but they have a variety of more standard options too including pizza...

              649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

              Cacio e Vino
              80 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

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                Hey19 Mar 25, 2011 02:20 PM

                I know i suggest Frankies' 17 for everything, but I think it works here.

                Frankies 17 Spuntino
                17 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

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                1. re: Hey19
                  InfoMofo Mar 25, 2011 02:40 PM

                  Ooh, that's a good one. Is it too late to change my vote to Frankies' 17? Love that place.

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                  ExFlexitarian Mar 25, 2011 02:43 PM

                  Aroma Kitchen and Wine Bar?

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                  1. re: ExFlexitarian
                    nmprisons Mar 25, 2011 03:08 PM

                    The idea of him eating at (fill in anything here) and Wine Bar is hysterical. He once explained to me how much he hated "fresh ingredients, if you know what I mean." I didn't.

                    36 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003

                    1. re: nmprisons
                      bobjbkln Mar 25, 2011 08:23 PM

                      Post this question on the Outer Boroughs board and I'm sure you will get great suggestions, many close to a subway stop a few minutes from Manhattan if necessary.

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                    detroit1010 Mar 26, 2011 05:01 AM

                    What about apizz?

                    I am in a similar situation with my family and we went there and it was universally loved.

                    217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

                    1. TrishUntrapped Mar 27, 2011 06:50 AM

                      Pepolino restaurant with its homemade pasta dishes (dad would love the wild boar ragout) and delicious food should make you both happy.

                      281 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

                      1. penthouse pup Mar 27, 2011 02:04 PM

                        Old-timers in the Village may be his style: Villa Mosconi or Rocco or what about Il Mulino?

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

                        Villa Mosconi
                        69 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

                        181 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

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                        1. re: penthouse pup
                          Simon Mar 27, 2011 02:16 PM

                          Based on the OP's dad's price concern/phobia, i'd say Il Mulino might send him into a beserker rage...

                          Of all the recs here and the OP's feedback, i'm thinking Piccolo Angelo might be the place...it's not one of my favs, and be forewarned the acoustics are torturously loud -- but tasty large portions of red sauce dishes they do have in spades...

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

                          1. re: Simon
                            nmprisons Mar 28, 2011 04:34 AM

                            thank you for all of the suggestions, i have made a new list of options and sent them to my dad. fingers crossed.

                            1. re: nmprisons
                              ml77 Mar 28, 2011 10:08 PM

                              You have some good choices on your list, but if he rejects the new list as well you might try Sams Place on 39th between 3rd and Lex. Went with my wife on friday (we are both from Italian-American families) and we were saying it would be the perfect place to take family looking for red sauce comfort food. It's not fancy at all, in fact the room felt and looked like we were eating in one of our grandmother's basements, but the food was good.

                              Sam's Place
                              132 E 39th St, New York, NY 10016

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                          Hey19 Mar 28, 2011 08:06 AM

                          Also, Gnocco, I think is pretty innocuous, good food, good service, no pretension.

                          337 East 10th Street, New York, NY 10009

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                            rjlebed Mar 28, 2011 10:12 PM

                            Is Primola too fancy? We had a great meal there!

                            1. rteplow Mar 29, 2011 06:21 AM

                              It gets very mixed reviews, but Marchi's is an interesting throwback. They serve a fixed 5-course meal which never varies: you can see it on menupages. I ate there a few years ago as part of a business meeting and enjoyed it, though since it was free for me my standards were lower. But I still remember some wonderful fried-dough dessert.

                              You might also check the outer boroughs board. Williamsburg is a great neighborhood for old-school Italian restaurants.

                              251 E 31st St, New York, NY 10016

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