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Sep 2, 2013 10:10 AM

Help pick 2 Italian places

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

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    1. re: CRachel

      +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

      1. re: CRachel

        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.

        1. re: ttoommyy

          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.

          1. re: ttoommyy

            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.

            1. re: foodwhisperer

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

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

            1. 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.

              1. 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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                1. re: Pago77

                  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.

                  1. re: icorem

                    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