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red sauce Italian near the Theater District- Trattoria Trecolori, Puttanesca or somewhere else?

prima May 21, 2012 10:10 AM

After reading several older threads re: red sauce restaurants, 9th Ave restaurants and Italian restaurants in Midtown West/near the Theater District, it seems Trecolori and Puttanesca are recommended fairly frequently. I had also considered Bricco, but I'd prefer a restaurant with more veal and chicken options on the menu.

Would you choose Trattoria Trecolori or Puttanesca for a group of 8?

If you like dining at Trattoria Trecolori or Puttanesca, which dishes would you recommend the most?




Thanks for any comments.

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    ciaobaby RE: prima May 21, 2012 01:02 PM

    Trecolori is a solid choice, you will have a nice meal there. I've ordered the gnocchi with eggplant and the chicken piccante, both were great. My husband has had the linguine vongolle and really enjoyed it.

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      prima RE: ciaobaby May 22, 2012 09:20 PM

      Thanks for the recs, ciaobaby!

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        Spiritchaser RE: ciaobaby May 23, 2012 09:32 AM

        +1 for Trecolori, it's convenient, nice interior, and the food is quite good especially for being so close to tourity areas. It's not really what I think of when I hear "red sauce" place but it is good Italian.

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        foodwhisperer RE: prima May 21, 2012 01:04 PM


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          prima RE: foodwhisperer May 22, 2012 09:20 PM

          Thanks, foodwhisperer.

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            ttoommyy RE: foodwhisperer May 23, 2012 07:52 PM

            I wouldn't necessarily categorize Becco as red-sauce Italian.

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            angelhair RE: prima May 23, 2012 10:24 AM

            Trattoria Trecolori seems to get the most recommendations for theater district Italian. We tried it recently, based on raves from this board. It was good but not quite as good as I was expecting. I think I was oversold based on all the chowhound comments. Even though it was only about a month ago, I can't remember a single thing we ate. They did get us out in time and the food was good, just not special or memorable in any way. There's nothing at all wrong with it (other than the noise level, but that seems to be the way things are these days). It's just not as special as I had hoped. I would go again but would probably try some other places before venturing back.

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              Lacrosse_Gastronomic RE: angelhair May 23, 2012 10:47 AM

              I agree. I'm not sure why Trattoria Trecolori gets so much hype on this board.

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              valerie RE: prima May 23, 2012 11:41 AM

              Not sure where you are going to the theater but if you were willing to go to Bricco on 56th Street, I would suggest Basso56. I have gone there for several business lunches and the food is always pretty good.


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                uwsgrazer RE: valerie May 25, 2012 06:03 PM

                +1. It's been a while since I dined at Basso56 but I really liked my dinner there. I believe higher price point than the two listed by OP, though.

                I like Trattoria Trecolor fine, especially if I'm going to the theater afterwards and don't plan to linger. That said, the last time I went I found one of the servers kind of obnoxious or sarcastic. I asked something about one of the dishes, either its preparation or what it actually was. He implied it was obvious from the name, or something like that. I was pretty surprised by his behavior. Anyway, the other times I've been service was pleasant.

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                  prima RE: uwsgrazer May 28, 2012 07:01 AM

                  Thanks valerie & uwsgrazer.

              2. Motosport RE: prima May 23, 2012 11:46 AM

                We have not been to the other places but go to Puttanesca often. Always very good. Never disappointed.

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                  prima RE: Motosport Jun 2, 2012 12:30 PM

                  Hi Motosport, what do you order the most at Puttanesca? The restaurant worked well for our group, but I think I could've ordered better.

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                    Motosport RE: prima Jun 2, 2012 02:47 PM

                    We usually go with a group and order a variety of appetizers. I like their calamari. The Puttanesca is excellent of course. They make a nice Bolognese sause too. Most times we'll mix and match and share.
                    Glad you liked it.

                2. waver RE: prima May 23, 2012 06:54 PM

                  We'll be in town the weekend before July 4th. Do you think we need reservations for places like Trecolori or Puttanesca? My family is rather averse to standing in lines...

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                    Cheeryvisage RE: waver May 23, 2012 07:56 PM

                    Yes. Make a reservation.

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                    noodlelust RE: prima May 25, 2012 02:10 PM

                    Amarone on 9th is really great as well. Better than Trecolori for me.


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                      apples RE: prima Jun 2, 2012 01:39 PM

                      Becco, Patsy's, La Masseria and Trattoria Del Arte are all great options

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