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New to Manhattan from Chicago. Taking a friend to dinner and he has requested "an authenthic Italian spot, as in where they might not even have a printed menu". Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

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  1. I don't like it but Il Mulino does that and you pay dearly for the privilege.

    FWIW I think your friend is being nostalgically misguided and silly. Or perhaps you're focusing on the wrong aspect of his request? How about just a great Italian meal? Won't that be suitable?

    1. In the Bronx Little Italy there is Dominic's.
      Several of the Manhattan Little Italy will just take an order for "Whatever you want!" but they probably also have menus.
      In Murray Hill you have Da Ciro and I Trulli which both have fabulous fresh home made pasta.

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      1. re: Motosport

        Go to Dominic's in the BX. It is what you are looking for

      2. Perhaps Marchi's
        http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...
        Don't know if this is what you/he have in mind. This is a price fixed dinner with a set menu

        1. Thanks everyone for the suggestions- and yes my friend is being silly and pretentious, no doubt.

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          1. re: dallarose23

            Pick one of Manhattan's excellent Italian places. Call ahead and ask that they not give you menus.

            1. re: Motosport

              I like this idea! The above suggested restaurants may not offer a menu but they are not even close to the top Italian restaurants we have here in NYC.

            2. re: dallarose23

              I've been to a few places in Rome where the serve 10-12 small courses family style without any printed menus. They are indeed wonderful but I don't know of anything similar in NYC.