Grandma's Birthday, which Lidia Bastianich restaurant?
My soon to be 88 year old grandmother (who never asks for anything) asked to go to one of Lidia Bastianich's restaurants (she watches her show). Since, in my humble option, no one has better Italian than my grandma herself I rarely eat Italian out so am pretty clueless as to which one is best (why couldn't gram want sushi...that I know). The very important decision on which one we go to falls to me so I in turn ask for your help? It will be a party of 10 on a Sunday around 6pm. Price does not matter but the less stairs to be traversed and larger tables are better . Thanks
Whatever you do, please do NOT go to Becco. Our last experience there -- and it has been our last! -- several years ago was a severe disappointment. The food was mediocre, they've jammed as many tables as is possible into every room making seating extremely tight, and the noise level was so hideously high that we could only communicate around the table by shouting.
We've never been to Felidia though it's been on my "go to" list for a long time. From the positive things I've heard about it, it could be a good option for you. Hopefully, Hounds who have been there will chime in with their thoughts.
My best wishes to your grandmother on her 88th birthday!
Not knowing anything about your grandmother or your price range I would recommend Felidia. I've never had a bad meal there and the atmosphere is nice, there is a back room which a huge skylight. The pecorino and pear (golden raisn?) raviolis are a must. It is not your average Italian restaurant.
Becco is cramped, does a high volume business and the rooms are showing there age. This is a good choice if you are in a rush and are going to see a show.
Del Posto (I think Lidia may be involved - i know her son is involved) is very fancy and expensive. Great food but could be in the $1000s+ dollars for a celebratory meal for a group of 10.
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