Looking for a moderate priced but really good Italian restaurant to take extended family for my brother's 50th birthday, on a Tuesday night in a couple weeks. Ages in our party of 13 range from 4 to 85, so someplace family friendly with festive atmostphere would be ideal. Traditional Italian food and atmosphere is fine. We'll be on the Upper East Side but willing to travel for the right place. It goes without saying here, but really good food is a must.
Last year we stumbled into one of the Mulberry Street restaurants and had a very nice time, but I'm looking for a bit of an upgrade in terms of culinary quality this time, yet without breaking the bank.
Thanks for your suggestions.