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Best moderately priced italian in the city

adams728 Apr 24, 2012 05:22 AM

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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    kathryn RE: adams728 Apr 24, 2012 10:10 AM

    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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      adams728 RE: kathryn Apr 24, 2012 11:27 AM

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

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        kathryn RE: adams728 Apr 24, 2012 11:54 AM

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

    2. ChefJune RE: adams728 Apr 24, 2012 10:33 AM

      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.

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        Riverman500 RE: adams728 Apr 24, 2012 11:33 AM

        Perla is great.

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          monab RE: adams728 Apr 24, 2012 11:35 AM

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

          Or, go for pizza:

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            bronwen RE: monab Apr 24, 2012 03:17 PM

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

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              foodwhisperer RE: bronwen Jun 29, 2012 10:20 PM

              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.

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            MKLDBoston RE: adams728 Apr 24, 2012 04:28 PM

            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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              adams728 RE: MKLDBoston May 3, 2012 10:08 AM

              appreciate the advice... lot of great suggestion!

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                thegforceny RE: MKLDBoston May 3, 2012 10:19 AM

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

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                  adams728 RE: thegforceny May 3, 2012 10:30 AM

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

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                    thegforceny RE: adams728 May 3, 2012 10:59 AM

                    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

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                      adams728 RE: thegforceny May 3, 2012 01:51 PM

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

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                jenhen2 RE: adams728 May 3, 2012 01:53 PM

                There is only one place for you, and its Crispo. Go there. You will love it!

                1. Delucacheesemonger RE: adams728 Jun 30, 2012 02:41 AM

                  My pick would be Pepolino, been on W Broadway for a while, fab farratto.

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                    piattoparla RE: adams728 Jun 30, 2012 06:20 AM

                    For reasonably priced Italian Da Andrea is my go-to place...pretty darn inexpensive, and good quality for the price, imo.

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                      foodwhisperer RE: piattoparla Jun 30, 2012 08:21 PM

                      I also like Da Andrea, i've been eating there for years.Way back when they were on Hudson Street.

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