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Italian Restaurant UWS help!

trav Aug 22, 2012 12:28 PM

Even though I live in the neighborhood I've not found a delicious moderate Italian restaurant. We are having visitors and thought I would reach out to all of you for your favorites-- basically looking for a little atmosphere with good food. Thanks for your help.

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    MrGrumpy RE: trav Aug 22, 2012 12:33 PM

    Lincoln. The restaurant now has a three course prix fixe option for $60.

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      guyonatlantic RE: trav Aug 22, 2012 12:47 PM

      Italian ex-pats I know swear by Celeste. I've never been myself though.

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        SharonTF RE: guyonatlantic Aug 22, 2012 12:55 PM

        Great restaurant. No ressos. Lots of strollers on the early side. Also Gennaro's or Vai.

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          bob96 RE: SharonTF Aug 22, 2012 02:58 PM

          Celeste: cramped, loud, rushed, raw and sometimes rude service and management. Low prices, ordinary food. Sorry, expats.

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            Pan RE: bob96 Aug 23, 2012 12:47 PM

            I went once and had the same reaction as you.

      2. LNG212 RE: trav Aug 22, 2012 06:50 PM

        Cotta (Columbus & 85th). We've also enjoyed Gennaro but we've usually been at the bar and it's been a while.

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          jaba RE: trav Aug 23, 2012 08:29 AM

          There are a couple things I've enjoyed at Celeste (the raw baby artichoke salad, and the pizza is actually quite good) but everything else is pretty mediocre. The owner has personality and the prices are low, but that's about all it's going for it.

          I second the recommendation for Cotta. Pisticci a little further north (125th and Broadway) is excellent and worth the quick ride up the 1.

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            Pan RE: jaba Aug 23, 2012 12:47 PM

            I've never tried Cotta but would second Pisticci, which is actually on Tiemann Place between Broadway and Claremont and an excellent neighborhood restaurant.

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              bob96 RE: Pan Aug 24, 2012 02:09 PM

              Pisticci, a charming and enjoyable osteria, is on LaSalle Place, one block south of Tiemann, and 2 blocks south of 125th, bet Claremont and Bwy.

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                Pan RE: bob96 Aug 24, 2012 09:04 PM

                Whoops! Thanks for the correction.

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            americanafan RE: trav Aug 23, 2012 04:43 PM

            I'd suggest Spiga, 200 W. 84th at Amsterdam.

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              dyrewolf RE: americanafan Aug 23, 2012 05:31 PM

              +1 on Spiga
              +1 on Cotta

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