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Looking for upscale-rustic Italian + critique my lineup

crsin | Jan 24, 201206:37 PM

Yes, this is yet another "Italian" thread...sorry! Looking to take some visiting friends out in a few weeks.

I'm looking for something that is upscale but serving more rustic Italian fare is a slightly more relaxed space. Something along the lines of Locanda Verde, or even Babbo. Price and location no object. So far was thinking Torrisi, Osteria Morini, or Maialino (would prefer to avoid Scarpetta). Snagged reservations at Torrisi and OM, but Maialino is booked up (hoping persistence might pay off here). Of these, which would you prefer? Any other suggestions? White table cloth, etc., is fine, I just don't want anything overly stuffy and terribly refined.

Other than one night of Italian, was looking at:

1) The Dutch (is this very scene-y, or just along the lines of LV?)
2) Minetta Tavern
3) ?? Might play it by ear, unless there are some suggestions from you all (nothing coming to mind for me)--again, nothing overly stuffy and probably not looking for $120+ tasting menus. Maybe $80pp pre-tax/tip/drinks...thoughts?

EDIT: one last question--how difficult would it be to get a table for 3-4 at Shopsin's on a weekday, say 10:30-11AM?

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