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Girlfriend's birthday dinner - Italian mid-range(?) recommendations/narrowing down my list?

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Girlfriend's birthday dinner - Italian mid-range(?) recommendations/narrowing down my list?

sundropforever | Oct 16, 2012 11:44 AM

I am thinking in the area of $100/pp for food or so. We already did an "early birthday" at Alinea@EMP, but I've decided I'd like to do something for her actual birthday as well. It's coming up soon - we'd go either this weekend or next weekend. I know reservations aren't the easiest, but we're not particularly averse to the 10:30PM (or later) seatings that are still available for most if not all of my restaurants I list on OpenTable.

She's a big fan of Italian food, particularly well-done pasta dishes (much more than I am), so I figure we can do that.

Places we've been that we are considering: Marea(probably our favorite of the list), Babbo(but this is close), Maialino.

Places we haven't been: Torrisi's, Del Posto, Ai Fiori, A Voce(either), Scarpetta, Rouge Tomate, Locanda Verde, Peasant.

Feel free to battle any against each other, make recommendations, or surprise us with a new place. We're horribly indecisive. The one bit of guidance is that we're a bit pensive about Torrisi (in the same way that we are pensive about Blue Hill at Stone Barns) in that we might find it....a bit boring? It looks good, but so many reviews talk about how the mozzarella and olive oil was the best part of the meal, and that seems sort of, y'know, boring.

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