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Dinner with my in-laws

Jeremy Osner | Nov 12, 199807:49 AM     1

My parents-in-law live in Murray Hill, on the corner of
Park Ave. and 34th. (In the winter, they live in
Florida.) I enjoy going to dinner with them; for me
it's like a game of seeing how I can get them to go
somewhere else besides Pino's or Mendy's, their two
favorite spots and for my money, two of the worst
restaurants in Manhattan. (That's not fair, I'm sure
there are plenty of worse restaurants; just that I have
not eaten there.)

The trick part of it is, they like to walk to dinner
and back; and my father-in-law has medical problems
that keep him from walking more than a couple of
blocks. Well, looking through my Eclectic Guide
yesterday afternoon, in preparation for our dinner
date, I saw the recommendation for Tre Pomodori --
voila! Only 2 1/2 blocks from their apartment! It
turned out they had been there before, for the
early-bird special (it lasts until 7:00, unlike the
Florida restaurants that have an early-bird special
until 5:30).

It is a very good deal, too: $9.00 for soup or salad,
pasta, dessert and coffee. (For $2.00 extra you can
have chicken or veal instead of pasta; but I went on
Jim's review, that the pasta's the thing.) I
started with the soup of the day, which the waiter
said was split pea. It was very good soup, though I
would not have called it split pea if I were writing
the menu. To me split pea soup is thick and green; this
soup was neither. (And no ham!) It was a brothy
vegetable soup with a little body to the broth from the
legumes. Ellen had the salad, which she didn't like --
too wilty.

The pasta was great -- I had rigatoni Bolognese, Ellen
had fusili (sp?) with sauteed vegetables, her parents
both had penne with tomato sauce. The meat sauce on my
rigatoni was just great; and there was enough of it
that I could soak up some of the sauce with the bread
that came with the soup.

This is a great standby for dinner with my in-laws;
only a block further than the hated Pino's! We'll be
back soon.

Jeremy

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