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Tough decision about Italian restaurant

Hi there,
I want to take my girlfriend out to a nice restaurant, and she just adores Italian food. I tried to research what’s good and what’s not, but came across with loads of results. Please help me choose an Italian restaurant, the price does not matter. Thank you very much!

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  1. Neighborhood?

    What does she adore?

    Maybe Ciano. . .

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    Ciano
    45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

    1. When is the dinner?

      What are her favorite foods in Italian cuisine?

      What kind of atmosphere do you want?

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      1. re: kathryn

        The dinner is on December 9th. I'd perfer a romantic atmoshpere; lightly dimmed, quiet. She loves pasta (ravioli a lot).

        1. re: anatom12910

          Del Posto is very good if you don't mind the price tag. Ciano might also fit the bill. Most of the other top Italian places I can think of are fairly boisterous, so if quiet is something you really want then these would be two of the better options.

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

          Ciano
          45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

          1. re: ml77

            It doesn't have to 'quiet'. Just very good food, service, and romantic. Quiet is just a plus.

          2. re: anatom12910

            I would do Del Posto, but the best ravioli I have ever had was at Lincoln

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

            1. re: anatom12910

              If ravioli is her favorite you might just need a simple, old fashioned red sauce place.

              If she's really into food Ciano might work. SO went this week and raved again. We have only been seated in the downstairs dining room. There is a fireplace and it's dimly lit. I'd call it a cozy, Tuscan atmopshere vs. romantic. If you go to Ciano, I'd suggest you request one of the corner tables (one of the corners has a better view of the fireplace than the other and it's my favorite table) in the back near the kitchen when you make your reservation. You can see the entire dining room including the fireplace and bread table (they have amazing bread). Brad the sommelier is very good and will often suggest wine pairings vs. a bottle. A good thing if you're into wine. Our experiece is in this Ciano thread:

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/789526

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              Ciano
              45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

              1. re: anatom12910

                Second Ciano. Lincoln and Ai Fiori would also be appropriate.

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                Ciano
                45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

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

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

                1. re: Riverman500

                  +3 on Ciano. I was taken there for my B-Day this past summer... loved it and it wasn't that harsh on the GF's pocket either. Wine 1/2 bottle program is excellent and can be affordable (though you can go crazy with wine... something I do only at the auctions)

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                  Ciano
                  45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

            2. I absolutely love Sfoglia (92nd and Lex). I live nearby and go there at least once a month (the chicken dish is my favorite) with my hubby. The area in the back is my favorite when we want that nice, cozy setting. Otherwise, we sit at the bar area. The restaurant overall is very romantic! Last year we came back from vacation the day that NYC had a horrible snowstorm and they were open! We ate there with some friends, ordered a nice bottle of red, and stayed for about 2 hours. The pasta is always fresh and changes each time we go, so you really can't go wrong with anything on the menu (though my favorite is gnocchi personally).

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              Sfoglia
              1402 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

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              1. re: citykid426

                Agree on Sfoglia, the pasta bolegnese is outstanding. Also think you should consider Apizz, very warm and romantic.

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                Apizz
                217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

                Sfoglia
                1402 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

              2. Il Buco might work.

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                Il Buco
                47 Bond St., New York, NY 10012