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Your Top 5 Italian Restaurants Below 50th Street?

Your Top 5 Italian Restaurants Below 50th Street?

Thank you in advance.

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  1. Scarpetta
    Ciano
    Maialino
    Piccolo Angelo
    Torrisi

    Depends what you're looking for, though, as certain of those places are quite different from the others in terms of pricing, formality and style of cooking...

    1. In order of preference:
      Del Posto
      Perla
      dell'anima
      Scarpetta
      'inoteca

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      1. re: thegforceny

        Price friendly fabulous food Crispos at 14th.

        1. re: arepo

          I find Crispo's food ham-fisted and the space crazy loud. The times I've frequented it was full of loud, overly raucous people, of the type usually travelling via a B or T.

          1. re: thegforceny

            Just piling on because this is probably the first time I've ever read anything on this board about Crispo that I agreed with.

            1. re: Sneakeater

              What is ham -fisted? We have reservations for Sat. night, should I cancel?

              1. re: tgseaver

                Lacks finesse. Sacrifices top ingredients and sophistication for excess which certain people think means 'delicious": tons of oil, cheese, frying, salt, cream, butter.

                1. re: thegforceny

                  Didn't know what "ham-fisted" is until now. But completely agree. But, I'll be blunt ... Crispo is jsut OK , but not that good.

                2. re: tgseaver

                  I'll be there Saturday night too. I simply love the way they do food. It is a loud, noisy place but well worth every penny because it is not over the top -- it is reasonable and really good Italian food. It is not an upscale dining venue. It is more for a youthful crowd (not that I am!!)
                  If you decide not to cancel, try their Hanger steak and brussel sprouts. Yum!

                  1. re: arepo

                    I'm going! Sounds like this is just what we are looking for,thanks.

                    1. re: tgseaver

                      Went there once, enjoyed the food, have not been back but look forward to the opportunity.

                      1. re: tgseaver

                        I'll probably be sitting in that middle room that holds six people, across from the kitchen. If you feel like it, stick your head in and say hi and tell me how you liked it.
                        (expect noise, it is a happening kind of place)

                        1. re: arepo

                          Went last night and loved it! So I guess I am ham-fisted lover lol.

                          1. re: tgseaver

                            Yippee! I am glad you saw what I saw in the place despite some off-putting comments.
                            Good Italian food with a decent "sticker price" doesn't come around that often in NY so grab it, says I, despite the noise factor.

          2. Del Posto
            Perla
            Manzo
            Babbo
            Scarpetta

            1. If you don't need the glitz:
              DaCiro
              I Trulli
              and Marcony all rock our world for nice neighborhood restaurants.

              1. Babbo
                Da Andrea
                Bar Pitti
                Da Silvano
                Osteria Morini

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                1. re: foodwhisperer

                  There's Da Andrea again. Have to try it. Any recs there?

                  1. re: NYJewboy

                    Tigelle, pappardelle with sausage and truffle oil