Birthday Italian choice (more difficult than expected)
I pose it to you, beloved experts, to help me on this. My birthday. Fine Italian (any region). Manhattan.
Here are my criteria:
1. No small precious portions (I eat BIG)
2. Reservations accepted please (optional, but prefered)
3. As good/better than Del Anima, Scarpetta, Babbo, you get the idea....
4. Open to places all over the price scale, and I am NOT looking for expensive places exclusively
This is harder than I thought it would be. I am very open to suggestions. Thanks in advance.
It is difficult, you are right. We all have different opinions on what is amazing food. I wonder if you need a busy kind of hot spot , with nice decor to feel special on your birthday , or is the food the thing. I think on my birthday i want a place that hard to get a reservation with good food.
Like Rao's for example, where the food is decent, but it nice when I get in. That said, Il Mulino has good food and good size portions. Osteria Morini i like a lot. Ristorante Aglio is excellent, but the dishes are not huge. But if you were able to handle the miniscule dishes at Babbo, then Ristorante Aglio would be acceptable, but there is no decor and it is not crowded.Just perfectly made food. Da Andrea has very good food, my new "go to" place, since Ennio and Michael closed. I think all of the above are better than Crispo, which is a big favorite of CH
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If you're open to fine dining then I think Del Posto would be an excellent choice. I don't know if portions would be big enough for you, but I wouldnt call them precious.
Another excellent choice would be Maialino. If you enjoy pork, then you should get their signature dish, roast suckling pig.
Finally, Ciano is another great option. The veal meatballs are amazing, and the pastas are very good.
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hmm...Scarpetta is my fav...and i like Dell'Anima...not sure...
Perhaps Marea...haven't been, but it's on my to-try list...i've looked at their menu and while i have no idea on portion size, i imagine the four course menu wouldn't leave one hungry...
But i wouldn't worry about the portion size: it's your birthday: if you're concerned, just order a second entree, or a few extra starters for the table to share :)
sidenote: my own birthday is coming up in April and i imagine i'll post something similar...
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