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Best Italian in NYC that doesn't over-stuff?

My daughter wants to have best Italian in NYC but she says pasta always gives her the food-coma afterwards. She is looking for Italian tapa style, where you get appetizer portion samplings. Does something like this exists?

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  1. I guess an alternative would be a tasting menu that offer small samples. Any suggestions?

    1. At SD26, many of the dishes on the dinner menu are offered in two sizes, small and large. We've always enjoyed the food there. They also offer a 5-course tasting menu, but we've not tried it so I can't say how large the portions might be.

      http://www.sd26ny.com/#/our_cuisine/m...

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      1. re: RGR

        I shall take the recommendation.

        1. re: thegforceny

          I second Inoteca on Ludlow St., Osteria Morini might work also if you just order the smaller dishes.
          Also Pane Panelle ( Stuzzicheria) in Tribeca on Church St. It might be the only place in Manhattan that has panelle ( chick pea fritters). Usually we go to Fernando's in Bklyn for these. Giorgione is another restaurant with small dishes

          1. re: thegforceny

            inoteca is good, but getting a bunch of appetizers and salads at Lupa could also work well. If you go there for lunch, it's not difficult to get in.

            1. L'Artusi serves lovely food in small portions -- small enough to allow you to really taste all the ingredients, which are of flawless quality.

              Actually, come to think of it, she'll be able to design her own tasting menu or small plates meal by ordering a variety of first and second courses at many restaurants. Manzo is another good restaurant for this kind of dining.

              Inoteca is in my humble opinion good, but not great. Food is homey and enjoyable, but not at the same level as a L'Artusi or Manzo.