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Nov 20, 2012 07:11 PM

Great Italian

Any recs for good, basic Italian like your Italian Grandmother would have made?

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    1. What you're looking for is probably best exemplified at Don Peppe's in Ozone Park, Queens.

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      1. re: strangemd

        imho don peppes is at best mediocre, i m not a fan

        1. re: intrepid3591

          it is what it is. Not Babbo. But the best linguine with white clam sauce ever.

          1. re: strangemd

            Should a tourist who seems to be be visiting from LA - who posted on the Manhattan Board - go up there during their limited time in the city?

            1. re: strangemd

              True, Don Peppe's is in Queens and the OP is probably looking for Manhattan.
              However, since it was mentioned, and intrepid said he/she is not a fan. I will say that there is no restaurant with baked clams that come even close to Don Peppe's. That is anywhere in the world. Although Ennio and Michael's now closed came close. The linguini with white clam sauce is exceptional. The seafood salad excellent. Chicken scaparella or their Chinese chicken excellent.
              As far as Manhattan for the type of food original poster wants, here is my picks:
              Bar Pitti, Accapella, Gaetano's, Il Brigante, Villa Mosconi.
              Rubirosa they will hate.

              1. re: foodwhisperer

                <Rubirosa they will hate.>

                Statements like that are not helpful without an explanation. What is your reason?

        2. An Italian grandmother from Rome, Brooklyn, Genoa.. ?

          1. Which part of Italy is your Italian Grandmother from or is she Italian American? What are you thinking of eating and how much do you want to spend?

            1. Lasagna, eggplant parm, spaghetti & clams, great minestrone, chicken picatta... I like northern and southern. looking to spend up to $40 per person pre drinks

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              1. re: flowergirl

                That is Italian American food. I don't really like that genre, but hear Rubirosa does it well.

                1. re: thegforceny

                  Rubirosa does this style very well, but their emphasis is on pizza. They only have 4 main courses, though they do have a good selection of pastas and appetizers. You can get a great meal there, but the OP should check out their menu to see if it is what she is looking for.

                2. re: flowergirl

                  Isle of Capri has all those dishes, including chicken picata


                  I quite love the place as a half-century old institution (grandmothers did do the recipes) but it has been a very long time since I ate there, but you can find reports of recent dining experiences on the web from Zagat's, UrbanSpoon, all the usual suspects...

                  1. re: flowergirl

                    I haven't been to Rubirosa so can't comment, but other restaurants in Manhattan that serve some good food in this genre are John's of 12th St. and Arturo's. Whether they're great or remind you of your grandmother's food is another question.

                    1. re: flowergirl

                      Bar Pitti is super-casual and has some of the things for mention, though I've never seen chicken piccata. It's authentic Florentine cuisine, not Italo-Americano. Order from their extensive daily specials (they pass around a blackboard with them listed in Italian only), not from their printed menu.

                      1. re: mahler5

                        Actually the chicken piccata is not authentic florentine, neither it's really a classic italian dish.. Not one that you would find in many restaurants in Italy..
                        In my experience the chicken (or more often the veal) "piccata" is something that italians sometime do at home for his semplicity, it's veal cooked with some butter and finished with white wine and lemon juice, but many Italians don't even know that it is called piccata...