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Inexpensive to midrange Italian in park slope

In a few weeks 18 family members (aunts, uncles, cousins) are coming to park slope Brooklyn to celebrate the wedding anniversary of a great aunt and uncle. We are looking for a place for dinner on a Saturday night, around 6pm that is good, comfortable, quiet, roomy. Walking distance from 6th ave and union. Nothing fancy or hipster. And price point is important. Needs to be low to mid-range. There will be older folks in our party and want to make sure they are comfortable. Convivium osteria looks perfect but it's a bit too pricey. Any suggestions much appreciated.

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  1. I've been a big fan of Mulino Ristorante since it opened (as Trattoria Mulino) way back when. Nothing fancy...just well prepared Italian standards in a friendly environment at a good price.

      1. re: zorrosf

        That's one heck of a walk from 6th Avenue and Union Street.

      2. Al Di La has good food. Another choice but not totally exactly Italian , but very simiar and great , is, Osteria Convivium on 5th and St Marks. It's more roomy than Al Di La.

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        1. re: foodwhisperer

          Convivium is mentioned in the OP, and cited as too expensive . . . which i think would disqualify Al Di La - also quiet and roomy are not things that come to mind for ADL, much as i love the food.

          1. re: foodwhisperer

            foodwhisperer, I've got to laugh! You usually make helpful comments, but you must have been tipsy when you wrote this one, LOL.

          2. I have not been here but my aunts who live in the neighborhood and are Italian really like it here they have singled out the meatballs as being really good.

            http://lavillaparkslope.com/menu.html

            1. Very few of the fancier Italian joints (Al di la, Convivium) will be able to seat a party that size on a Saturday evening, even if their price point were in your range. For what you are describing, La Villa seems like the natural choice. Their pastas, pizzas and salads are all quite serviceable and your guests will be happy enough. It's really an old-school red-sauce joint updated for the Park Slope generation. They catered a similar dinner for my extended family a few months back and did a fine job. Nobody complained about the food.

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              1. re: famdoc

                Wheewww I was hoping my aunts were still with it.