Hi, everyone! I’m really way overdue to post some updates on my eating experiences in Manhattan, and I’ll do that in another post, but for this one, I’d like your opinions on the best Italian restaurants with excellent non-carby options (e.g., secondi and perhaps some apps and contorni, not pastas) in the moderate and moderately expensive categories. Not Marea, I think, as I wasn’t thrilled with them either time I went (though it was a while ago) and preferred Ai Fiori. This is for a sort of extended birthday meal. In the moderate category, I’ve been to Crispo a lot but don’t want to return for this (not special enough, or maybe just too familiar), and I like Otto but I have other occasions to go there.
I read the Osteria Morini thread with interest. I liked the food there when I went a few years ago, but truth be told, I had pasta, and I’m on a low-carb diet now. Maialino was suggested as another option. I haven’t been there, but my brother thought it was sort of merely good, as I remember, when he went there a few years ago, and since he’d be taking me to dinner, I would want to suggest someplace he’ll fully enjoy, too. Morandi was also mentioned. I’m not sure I’ve been there. Is it a place worth going for a celebration? Their menu looks interesting to me.