Going out for birthday dinner later this month and would love to find an affordable ($10-$15/entree) Italian restaurant that specializes in fresh, homemade pasta and can accommodate a vegetarian, a lactose-intolerant vegetarian, and a few omnis who will eat just about anything. If chianti or the like is on the wine list, all the better. I'd like more of a traditional sit-down restaurant type of place vs. a pizzeria with seating in the back.
I was told that Frost or Manducatis would be good choices, but I've never been to either and was wondering what your opinions were. We're focusing on the LIC/Greenpoint area since we'll be having drinks in Greenpoint afterward, but something special in Williamsburg is also a consideration since we'll have wheels.
Generally, I do not go out for Italian food since my in-laws cook it for us all the time, but this is a special occasion and I'd love to find something memorable.