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Help pick 2 Italian places

icorem Sep 2, 2013 10:10 AM

I'm looking for 2 Italian places for my week visit next month. I'm into good food with a non formal ambience.
My candidates so far are :
Locanda Verde

I've been to perla last year and liked it very much so I know what to expect there. Will the food check be materially similar in maialino and LV or one of them is pricier than the other ?
Looking for your takes on those 3 or maybe another rec.
Thanks in advance to all repliers.

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    CRachel RE: icorem Sep 2, 2013 01:15 PM

    I haven't been to those places, but I recommend trying Bar Pitti

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      Ttrockwood RE: CRachel Sep 2, 2013 03:23 PM

      +1 for bar pitti

      I have had great brunches at locanda, and i really like the pasta at Eataly's pizza and pasta restaurant, as well as pastas at Scarpetta

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        ttoommyy RE: CRachel Sep 2, 2013 04:14 PM

        Bar Pitti looks like it serves Italian-America style food. The OP's candidates are closer to authentic Italian. Bar Pitti may not be exactly what the OP is looking for.

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          harryharry RE: ttoommyy Sep 3, 2013 08:49 AM

          It's not Italian American at Bar Pitti and I would also recommend it... actually think it would exactly fit the request - Be aware that it's only cash or house charge there.

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            foodwhisperer RE: ttoommyy Sep 4, 2013 07:33 AM

            ttoommy: go to bar pitti and tell them their food is not Italian, I'm curious what they will answer you. Even though they came from Da Silvano ( which is Tuscan) the Bar Pitti food is more southern Italian. The food is very good their. Not fancy food, just simple. The service is fast and impersonal.

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              ttoommyy RE: foodwhisperer Sep 4, 2013 06:21 PM

              I said looks like. That was my observation from looking at the menu. I stand corrected.

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                foodwhisperer RE: ttoommyy Sep 4, 2013 07:21 PM

                Anyway, the food tastes good there

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          Riverman500 RE: icorem Sep 2, 2013 01:47 PM

          The prices are about the same at all three places.

          But if you liked the robust, rustic style of Perla I would recommend Babbo or Manzo where chef Michael Toscano previously worked.

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            ttoommyy RE: Riverman500 Sep 2, 2013 04:14 PM

            Manzo is wonderful!

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            plf515 RE: icorem Sep 2, 2013 02:48 PM

            I like Maialino a lot. I haven't been to the others.

            1. ttoommyy RE: icorem Sep 2, 2013 04:09 PM

              Of your candidates, I've not been to Perla, but then you have so you know what that's like. Love Maialino and highly recommend it. Locanda Verde has good food, but the one time we went service was so bad we never went back again, even though we enjoyed the food. I vote for Maialino.

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                Pago77 RE: icorem Sep 3, 2013 08:35 AM

                How about Peasant? I like Maialino, and Perla is on my list of must try. While Locanda can be good, the last two times I have been the service was not so hot, nor was the food.

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                  icorem RE: Pago77 Sep 3, 2013 10:09 AM

                  I think I'm gonna go with Perla again and try maialino over LV.
                  I've been to Babbo 3 times in the past few years and I'm not saying it is not a good place but each time wasn't as good as the previous one. Bar pitti looks nice but I'm looking for something a bit more festive.
                  Thanks to all helpful comments.

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                    H Manning RE: icorem Sep 4, 2013 01:13 PM

                    Some notable new dishes at Perla:

                    - Crispy pig's ear with cannellini beans
                    - Orecchiette with sweet italian sausage and brocolli rabe pesto
                    - Agnolotti with beef cheek
                    - Roast lamb leg & belly, radicchio, yogurt sauce, shishito peppers, chili


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                  arepo RE: icorem Sep 4, 2013 05:12 AM

                  Crispos in West Village for good Italian without breaking the bank.
                  Lively bar crowd.

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                    janet T RE: icorem Sep 4, 2013 08:03 AM

                    If food and moderately priced (e.g. perla, peasant) was the ONLY criteria, what italian place would you suggest? including perla, peasant. I need a spot for tonight ;-) thank you!

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                      Pago77 RE: janet T Sep 4, 2013 08:18 AM

                      osteria morini...while an annoying atmosphere at times (loud, busy, factory like?), the last meal i had there was excellent. but i still like peasant more. maialino is good, been a while since i have been, though. i also like barbuto, which would be great on a night like tonight is supposed to be. a colleague swears by dell'anima (one who's judgement i trust). and aroma near the bowery hotel can serve up some excellent italian. i used to enjoy gradisca, but i feel it has gone downhill in the past couple years. piccolo angolo is good if you want more american red sauce italian. salumeria is also good depending on what you are looking for. and antonucci's on the UES make some good ragus, but that is more of a weekday neighborhood place (that's not in my 'hood, but still enjoy going to if around there).

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                        foodwhisperer RE: janet T Sep 4, 2013 09:28 AM

                        Bar Pitti, Crispo, Morandi, Peppolino, Da Andrea, Frankie's ( on Hudson St)

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                          janet T RE: janet T Sep 4, 2013 11:56 AM

                          Thanks for the speedy replies, Pago77 and foodwhisper! Especially for all the options & details.

                          I booked Osteria Morini and will report back. We're heeding Pago's comment and going early before the din!

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                            foodwhisperer RE: janet T Sep 4, 2013 07:25 PM

                            Enjoy! I like the porchetta at OM, I also liked some of the skewers, but i'mnot sure if they still serve those

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                          shayneraze RE: icorem Sep 4, 2013 12:53 PM

                          I Trulli, Del Posto, Marea

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