the onus was on me to pick a dinner spot for tonight for me, my friend who's driving up from philly, my sister, and her boyfriend. shouldn't be a problem, except for all the caveats: i was just in italy last month, so wasn't really into eating italian (btw, the food from the puglia region of italy was the best i've ever had in that country. blows your mind away, really!), has to be in manhattan for the friend (already at a loss, since i have been doing lots of exploring in queens and brooklyn of late when i come in from CT), sister says not into asian, i know her boyfriend, while willing to try most things bravely, isn't really into more exotic ethnic food. oh, and i'm a poor musician. sister is dying for blue water grill, which i find very overpriced and too trendified for me, but dutifully made reservations in the hope of finding something better.
was complaining about it to my own boyfriend, who suggested pizza. everyone can pick what they want, i didn't have any pizza in italy. perfect! he suggested trying the new mario batali place. went directly to chowhound, and decided not to go there. did find some nice posts about ottimo, though, and it sounds like my kind of place, so i'm very excited!
so after all this hard work, i was wondering if there are any suggestions as to what the best starters and pizzas are? i'm already aware of the spotty service - that's ok. i just want to make sure i order the best possible grub!!