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mickel Dec 23, 2011 01:05 PM

Want to take my wife and two twenty plus year old kids out. Thisplace good for reasonably priced Italian in West Village area?

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    kathryn Dec 23, 2011 01:12 PM

    How much are you willing to spend per person, for food only? When is this dinner? Are you willing to wait for a table?

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      Simon Dec 23, 2011 01:35 PM

      without knowing the details, the first place that springs to mind is Malatesta

      649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

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        mickel Dec 23, 2011 01:49 PM

        Monday. About $50 per person. No liquor

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          fm1963 Dec 23, 2011 03:22 PM

          Lupa or Po.

          170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

          31 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

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          mickel Dec 24, 2011 11:22 AM

          How does malatesta compare to lips or pow. Need to know for monday

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            mickel Dec 24, 2011 11:23 AM

            Meant lupa or po

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              dyrewolf Dec 24, 2011 12:16 PM

              Lupa is miles better than Malatesta which is just OK pasta at a decent price point

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                mickel Dec 24, 2011 02:40 PM

                What is the word on Malatesta
                Is it a worthwhile dining experience? Need to know. Don't want to be disappointed. Reservations Monday with Two twenty something son and daughter and wife

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                  mickel Dec 24, 2011 02:43 PM

                  Desperate for Malayesta info. Chowhounds please help!

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                    Simon Dec 24, 2011 03:29 PM

                    mickel...Malatesta's biggest draws are that it's charming, rustic, near the Hudson river (so nice for walks when the weather is nice), and the prices are extremely reasonable...the food is good/decent, but not-mindblowing...the spaghetti ala chitarra, the rigatoni special, and the lamb chops are some of the best choices imo...some chowhounds expecting more fireworks foodwise have been disappointed...

                    Malatesta is, imo, a fine place for a very casual date...and good for groups who want a local Italian favorite on a budget...i've celebrated friends' birthdays there, and the combo of wine, comforting pasta, and charm has made for more fun evenings than we likely would have had at some other Italian places that cost twice as much...but foodwise, i'll happily admit that it's good but not great...

                    I'm surprised to hear you have a reservation: i haven't been there in about a year, but i always thought they do not take reservations...

                    If you do a search here for Malatesta posts, you will get dozens of other opinions...

                    649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

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                      goodhealthgourmet Dec 25, 2011 07:48 AM


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                  mickel Dec 25, 2011 07:01 AM

                  Desperate need to know if I should take my two twenty something kids andwife to Crispo or Malatesta. Scarpetta is an option but is this at a significantly higher price point. Chowhounds. Please help.

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                    dyrewolf Dec 25, 2011 07:49 AM

                    I would put Crispo above Malatesta, but they are very much in the same league. As it is a cold morning I would put a minus on Malatesta as it can be drafty.

                    But the experience at both would be similar... so stop fretting and just enjoy dinner

                    649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

                    240 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

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                      kathryn Dec 25, 2011 08:29 AM

                      Scarpetta is excellent (but pricier). It is also a little bit nicer of a restaurant.

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                        foodwhisperer Dec 25, 2011 10:38 AM

                        Scarpetta is out of your price range. Malatesta is cash only so be aware that. Malatesta is a
                        cash only place. I like that Malatesta has Italian owner and staff. The menu is limited but you won't go wrong there. They opened another place on Washington and W11th.sorry i dont know the name, but the menu looks good ( same location that Baby Buddha) used to be at. Other suggestions in W. Village for Italian Food are, Frankie's ( on Hudson St.), Bar Pitti ( excellent food), Gene's (13th St.) Ok old school Italian food very reasonable, Otto ( 8th St.) the most affordable Mario Batali location. Possibly your best bet.

                        1 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

                        Bar Pitti
                        268 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014

                        73 W 11th St, New York, NY 10011

                        753 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

                        Frankies 570 Spuntino
                        570 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

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