That was a question my friend asked me when I recommended that he try it. He mentioned loving Otto and therefore I asked, "Have you tried Babbo?" His response: "I haven't tried Babbo yet, but is it a touristy type place? They tend to not fair so well (Otto being my known exception). I'm more of a mom 'n' pop hole-in-the-wall type guy for my Italian."
I don't know where to start to answer this. Part of me thinks if he doesn't understand, he doesn't deserve to try Babbo! The other part wants to explain that it's only "touristy" because it is the best.
Also, as far as mom & pop Italian, what else should I recommend other than Franks?