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Best Dairy Italian in Jerusalem

Kosher Critic Jul 16, 2012 08:31 AM

Friends, my Jerusalem experience, once comprehensive, has lapsed. Please advise as to the best dairy Italian restaurant in Jerusalem these days. Any other J-lem foodie tips accepted too! Kind thanks.

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    cresyd Jul 22, 2013 08:11 PM

    I don't think this ranks as the best dairy Italian - but in the shuk I really enjoy Pasta Basta for a simple meal. Especially the beet noodles.

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      peanutgallery7 Jul 16, 2013 01:47 PM

      agas v'tapuch in kikar safra!!!! best pasta and salads!!!

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        DebbyT Jul 16, 2013 02:14 PM

        Totally agree with you! Had our first experience there in January. And we were even serenaded by the owner! Yummy, yummy food!

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        rehtse Sep 10, 2012 10:57 AM

        Ticho House. Not necessarily Italian, though.

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          cheesecake17 Sep 10, 2012 05:41 PM

          The best french onion soup... In a bread bowl

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          JackieR Sep 7, 2012 05:58 AM

          The restaurant int he botanical gardens is outstanding. They make their own pasta, usually to order and have great salads, fresh foccacia and pizzas too. A week-kept secret.

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            teachermom Jul 20, 2012 08:05 AM

            We had fantastic pasta at Luciana on Emek a few years ago.

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              AdinaA Jul 16, 2013 12:29 AM

              Luciano now has a sister, Luciana in a lovely space upstairs at the Mamilla Mall.

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              rockycat Jul 19, 2012 11:20 AM

              I can't tell you where to go, but I can certainly tell you where NOT to go. Last night, after our 4 first choices were either closed for the evening or no longer in business and we had a very tired, overheated, cranky kid, we ended up at Fortuna on Agrippas just past Machaneh Yehudah. It was expensive, loaded with attitude, and simply not good. Go elsewhere. Anywhere else.

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                rockycat Jul 20, 2012 12:23 AM

                Correcting my mistake. The restaurant wasn't Fortuna, it was Topolino. All else remains the same.

              2. almond tree Jul 18, 2012 11:45 AM

                Foodie (drinkie?) tip: IMO, the only place worth going to for ice cafe is Lechem shel Tomer. They make it from real coffee, not the weird coconut-tasting mix that everyone else uses. Try a few of their oznei chema - very simple, buttery, satisfying cookies.

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                  DebbyT Jul 17, 2012 09:00 AM

                  Spaghettis in the Mamilla Mall, Al Dente in Rechavia on Ussishkin.

                  1. queenscook Jul 17, 2012 08:58 AM

                    Here's a non-Italian suggestion. Haven't been to Israel in a year, but as of the last time I was there, I would suggest Masaryk on Emek Rafaim. I plan to be there again in a few weeks. You can search here for my write-up of a few years ago.

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                      almond tree Jul 18, 2012 11:40 AM

                      Masaryk has a number of Italian dishes, as well as other cholovi & pareve selections. I've only eaten there once, also about a year ago, but quite enjoyed it. And I like the energy of Emek Refaim - modern & lively, but still quite neighborhood-y. (Reservations are a good idea at any popular place on the Restaurant Row at this time of year.)
                      After dinner, may I suggest a stroll on the new Tayelet Harakevet?

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                        queenscook Jul 18, 2012 12:35 PM

                        Yes, after I posted, I actually remembered that it is identified by eLuna.com as at least partially Italian. In addition, that site will have discount coupons you can use there. (Just remember, that site is sponsored by the restaurants, so the reviews are all positive. Not necessarily untrue, just not balanced by any negative ones.)

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                      njkosher Jul 17, 2012 05:50 AM

                      I always liked Little Italy just up from the Inbal. Also used to go to Angelo's which is off Yaffo.

                      Dont know if its the best, but the food was always good and not expensive.

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                        AlanG Jul 17, 2013 04:46 AM

                        Little Italy went meat. btw - Quite good & some original menu items.

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