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Over the years I have had a surprisingly terrible time finding Italian restaurants that I liked in NY. I finally scored during the last trip with Campagnola Restaurant on 1st Ave. It seemed to have a fair number of wise-guys there, but the food was great. Best steak of my life (for $97.75 for two it should have been), but everything else was wonderful too. The freebie plate of sausages and cheeses was fantastic.
Prior to it, Trattoria del Arte was the only place in NY that I really liked. I have either hated or not been impressed by some alleged greats, including Esca, Felidia, L' Impero, San Domenico, Remi, Scalinatella, and Scalini Feldi. I was also very impressed this trip by Fiammia Osteria, but it seemed more French than Italian in cooking methods.
I am still kicking myself for not turning to one of the regulars at Campagnola and asking where else he liked to eat, so I thought I would try the forum. Of those of you who like Campagnola, where else do you go?
 

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I have not eaten at Campagnola, so I do not know their style of food. A regular stop for me is Beppe, on 22nd st. I heard recently that Cesare, chef/owner has sold the restaurant but the new executive chef was moved up from witin the restaurant, not an outsider.
Food is very simple and straight forward. Menu may seem unassuming but the depth of flavors is astonishing. Not your typical Italian menu either. Fried chicken done in an Italian style. Best french fries ever. Very popular with celebrity NY chefs I have seen dining there. All this depends on if the kitchen is being attended to as it was under Cesare's watch.

I also like Arqua in Tribeca. I always order the same thing there so I don't know the menu well. Family run, small, mostly locals, won't find it on the tourist maps.
 

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