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Where's your fav Italian in the east and west village or downtown on the moderate side $36/ person

Looking for delicious italian with good vegetarian options. $36 a person for appetizer and entre.

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  1. In the Murray Hill area we like:
    I Trulli
    Da Ciro
    Marcony

    1. Perla

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      1. re: Tommy D.

        Not sure it's possible to get out of Perla for $36pp. Starters run in the $12-20 range while entrees can clock out above $30. I guess you can do a $12 starter and $24 pasta, but what's the fun of limiting yourself?

        That said, I was there this week and loved the crispy testa, octopus, beef cheek agnolotti and duck.

        1. re: Tommy D.

          Second Perla.

        2. I like the Dell'anima/L'Artusi/L'Apicio restaurants. And there's always Babbo.

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          1. re: RussianGirl

            I also love the Epicurean restaurants, however it's unlikely that you can walk out for under $70 for two. Unless you order the cheapest dishes and do not drink.

            Babbo is also a little over the specified budget... Otto and Lupa may be appropriate, though.

            1. re: RussianGirl

              Babbo will cost $36 just in phone calls ;)

              1. re: Ziggy41

                This is true. I spend 25 minutes trying to get through to them the other day. That must be a least $36 of my time! The OP said appetizer and entree for $36, so i assumed that didn't include drinks, tax, tip, etc. May have been too literal of a reading...

            2. In your specified price range (before drinks, tax, tip): Bianca, Rafele, Paprika, Supper, Malatesta.

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              1. re: zeeEats

                +1 for supper, also many veg options, the kale panzanella was great

              2. Thank you for your suggestions- will check these all out!
                Has anyone been to Rosemary's or Porsena?

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                1. re: nahama

                  Rosemary's is great. Il Sodi is also good however is not mentioned on this board.

                2. Lupa, da Marcella or Bianca..

                  1. Bar Pitti- WV
                    Lavagna-EV

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                    1. re: foodwhisperer

                      Second Lavagna.

                      http://lavagnanyc.com/

                      A little dark and lively (especially on weekends) if that matters to you.

                    2. Da Andrea - Share the Tigelle, a veggie tower, 2 Pappardelle with Sausage, and call it a day.

                      1. Barbone on Avenue B in EVill.

                        http://barbonenyc.com/

                        1. Frankies.

                          1. Rubirosa?
                            Lil Frankies?
                            Frankies 17?
                            Gnocco?