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Feb 20, 2012 06:35 AM

Trattoria Trecolori - still a good pre-theater spot

Had a nice dinner Saturday night at Trattoria Trecolori, a restaurant I long ago dubbed the "Olive Garden Alternative" in the theater district..

We showed up a half hour early for our reservation and were promptly seated. Food and service were good and efficient. It was entertaining to watch the staff work at lightning speed to change the tablecloth and place settings in order to turn their tables around quickly to accommodate as many pre-theater goers as they could. (There was a line out the door which they wanted to eliminate.) The staff works hard on the weekends and it shows, but they manage to remain cordial and welcoming.

While there are many better and more upscale Italian spots in New York, it's nice to have a comfortable standby in the theater district when all you want is a good bite that doesn't break the bank, before a show. Trattoria Trecolori is one of those spots. Reservations recommended as it is quite busy on theater nights.

1. Caprese Salad (Yes I know tomatoes are out of season, it's the cheese I love)
2. Veal with Eggplant and Prosciutto

Trattoria Trecolori
254 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

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  1. Glad to hear you had a good meal at Trecolori, Trish. We haven't been there in ages, but what you say is true. The food has never been on the knock-your-culinary-socks-off level though always nicely prepared and satisfying.

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    1. re: RGR

      I was happy to be able to report that this is still a good spot for out of town visitors that want a quick bite before their curtain.

    2. Thanks for the report. This is my neighborhood backup for out-of-town friends who are unadventurous eaters. We're going back there again in 3 weeks for entertain some friends who'll be coming to the city.

      Their tiramisu is really quite good.

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      1. re: Cheeryvisage

        Their poached pear is also quite tasty.