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May 16, 2012 06:05 AM

suggestion for Italian, generous portions

Searching for an Italian birthday dinner this weekend. Interested place with large portions and decent prices where we won't be rushed out. Love the food and portions at Becco but don't enjoy being given a time limit on the table.

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    1. re: Elisa515

      I would not want to go to Carmine's for a birthday celebration.

      1. re: City Kid

        I'd be happy with Carmine's for a birthday.

        1. re: Njchicaa

          Me too!! Carmine's great for birthday party esp w those large portions!! Loud and boistrous in a good party way!!

        2. re: City Kid

          I agree; it's a totally pedestrian, tourist slop house. If you value quantity over quality, then sure, go.

      2. Rossini's on E 38th Bet Park and Lex!! Nice ambience, great old style red sauce Italian. Good value! You won't be rushed!! They even have an opera singer one night a week.

        1. If you want to go a step up from red sauce joints, try Crispo. Tri-state tourists seem to like it.

          1. Otto, Monte's, Villa Mosconi, John's, Gene's,

              1. re: Riverman500

                Second that. Would also add Da Andrea.

                1. re: LeahBaila

                  I love Da Andrea, but for large portions at a moderate price I think it won't work. The OP didn't say how many were , and they didn't want to be rushed out. I think Rubirosa will rush them out and if it is a large party they will never get a table. I was trying to recommend some place more old school, and similar dishes to Becco. Since they mentioned Becco.

                  1. re: foodwhisperer

                    You're right, in that we don't know how many will be dining. As far as portion sizes and relatively affordable prices go, I think Da Andrea and Rubirosa are right on the money. My only hesitation w/ Rubirosa is them not being able to snag a table. The place is hopping!

                2. re: Riverman500

                  thirding rubirosa - the small size of the gnocci (which is awesome) was so big that the first time we thought they had sent out the larger size.