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Apr 24, 2012 05:22 AM

Best moderately priced italian in the city

Hey everyone. I'm looking for some recommendations for italian restaurants in the city that are good for a group. Moderate for me means 20-30 entrees excluding drinks. Also I want to stay away from touristy places like carmine's.

Any ideas?


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  1. I would do Sorella, Peasant, or L'Artusi, dependent upon how big of a group you're talking about. L'Artusi has the edge if you want good cocktails.

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    1. re: kathryn

      How are the portion sizes at L'artusi? I've heard good things about the overall restaurant

      1. re: adams728

        I'd say you should order 5-6 items including dessert for 2 people.

    2. i don't know about "best," because that's so subjective, but we love I Trulli. The food is consistently good, the welcome always warm, the service, excellent, and the prices are moderate.

        1. In addition to Sorella, Peasant, or L'Artusi, I would suggest:
          Osteria Morini

          Or, go for pizza:

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          1. re: monab

            Morandi's has a large dining room and is pretty good actually.

            1. re: bronwen

              I had pasta con sardo tonite at Morandi, It tasted Ok, but had the consistency of when you make pasta put sauce on it and then refrigerate it, and take it out the next day. The grilled octopus appetizer was good.

          2. Rosinni's in Murray Hill hands-down THE BEST. Everytime I visit I go here, more than once a trip. The food is consistently delicious. The ambience is like walking into a time machine, total old school. It's truly a gem, MaryAnn is usually behind the bar, and her brother works the front. Family owned for decades. Dining at the bar is a true experience

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            1. re: MKLDBoston

              appreciate the advice... lot of great suggestion!

              1. re: MKLDBoston

                This is an old school Italian American red sauce place. Nothing special. Not in the same league as the others.

                1. re: thegforceny

                  Which one isn't in the same league and isn't special?

                  1. re: adams728

                    Rossini's. If you're looking to avoid Carmine's, then it wouldn't be for you.(Poster who recommended it not NY-er, FWIW)

                    Like other posters, I love l'artusi, Morandi, dell'anima. Take a look at menus and you'll see the dffference

                    1. re: thegforceny

                      In order which do you like better between l"artusi, Morandi, and dell'anima? Which has the best food