I have a tall order to ask. I am from Pasadena, CA and I am meeting my mother, 2 aunts, sister and cousin (all women) into the city for dinner in late April. The food choice is mine to make as I am the family foodie. My aunts and mother are not fans of "trendy, chic" restaurants but by no means are they fans of The Cheesecake Factory either. They want to go to a great Italian place, but someplace like Babbo would be over the top for them. I have been to Becco, which was ok, but not worth a repeat trip in my opinion. Personally, I would love to take them to Il Buco, but again, they would most likely find it over the top. My hope is that it is a semi entertaining place-- not too quiet but too loud as this would drive my mom crazy. Thankfully, they are all drinkers, so a wine/drink list is important.
Your help is most appreciated. Thank you.