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Need an Italian Restaurant somewhere near Grand Central

I have a cousin coming down from upstate in June and we are meeting for dinner after they go to the theater. I'd like to stay relatively close to Grand Central, as we are coming down from Westchester for dinner. Anything walkable is good - I can make it from the low 60s, or equivalent southbound. Due to several allergies/preferences, Italian is the cuisine of choice. The place must have things other than pasta/pizza and red meat, and we're not lookng to spend Il Posto or Marea prices either, but just reasonably priced. Any assistance you can offer will be appreciated!

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    1. re: alepenazzi

      Thanks. We are looking for something a bit more casual.

      1. Head a bit south to I Trulli, they have a back garden and great wine list as well as excellent food

          1. I've narrowed it down to I Trulli and Osteria Laguna. Which do you think?

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            1. re: wincountrygirl

              I Trulli is better but not really near GCT. If you're going to go that far astray there are other options.

              Ai Fiori for example
              A Voce

              1. re: thegforceny

                I Trulli is an easy walk down Lex if the weather is nice.
                Sams Place is a small neighborhood place that is always good.
                Rossini's for old school red sauce Italian. Opera singers on the weekends.
                Marcony for eclectic Italian.

                1. re: thegforceny

                  Thanks, and I'd love to try both! But we are also looking at cost and really don't want to go quite that high,

                  1. re: wincountrygirl

                    I trulli is easy from GCT, just take the 6 train south to 28th or if its nice a 20min walk.
                    Be sure to make a res since they can get busy

              2. It's not often touted here, but I think you may also enjoy Naples 45, which is actually on the ground floor of the Met Life Bldg.
                I expect it's within your budget and I've rarely had a poor meal there; although pizzas & pasta are served, they do have a broader menu http://naples45nyc.com/food-delivery-...
                The only possible disqualification is that the place closes at 10:00, which may make getting there post-theater a challenge.

                1. Due to clicking the wrong x,this is the second time I am attempting this post. The first was detailed! We ended up at Marcony and it was truly a fantastic dinner. The place is beautiful, the service excellent and the food............wow. To start I had carciofi alla giudea which was just like I remember from Italy. My husband had the carpaccio and two other apps were the salad with warm roasted pears and gorgonzola. For mains, I had the ravioli special stuffed with 4 kinds of cheese and served in a simple marinara (one of the best I've had). The cheese from the ravioli gave the sauce a creamy quality that was killer. I could not stop eating. My husband had the veal with wild mushrooms. The veal was so tender and flavorful. Two others each had the chicken stuffed with spinach, smoked mozzarella and julienned carrots. Moist and yummy. And the location was perfect - 10 blocks from GCS and a few more from my cousins' hotel. That restaurant was worth the trip to the city.