Some friends are coming in from out of town and are staying near Lafayette & Canal.
They made me promise months ago to take them out for good Italian. (Since they're from AZ and took me out for good Mexican.)
I'd like to be able to walk to a place near where they are staying.
So....I'm looking for recommendations for excellent Italian restaurants in either Soho, Tribecca, or simply within a 10 min walking distance of Lafayette & Canal. (I'd prefer to avoid tourist trap Lil'Italy...but if there is a culinary gem in the rough there, that's OK.)
Party of eight. Can be either old-school Italian or more modern. Moderately priced to slightly above. reservations would be a bonus.
Thanks in advance;