7 Best Inexpensive Italian Spots

Tortellini at Via Emilia.

170 Thompson St.
Roman-style osteria beloved for peerless antipasti andpasta.

240 W. 14th St.
Frank Crispo’s handiwork tastes even better thanit sounds on the menu.

88 Second Ave.
A cramped kitchen finesses sprightly salads andsucculent ragùs.

Max Soha
1274 Amsterdam Ave at 123rd St.
A relaxing red-sauce beacon in Morningside Heights.

156 E. 2nd St.
Frank’s spiffy spinoff showcasesnorthern-Italian fare and nightly specials.

Via Emilia
240 Park Ave. So.
Tortellini, tortelloni, and some of the best lasagnearound.

Locanda Vini & Olii
129 Gates Ave., Brooklyn
A trip to Tuscany without the jet lag, and greatVirginia house wine.

Other Italian Picks from Our 2003 Cheap Eats Guide:

• Le Zoccole
95 Avenue A
212-260-6660• Max Café
1262 Amsterdam Ave.
212-531-1210• Nick’s
1814 Second Ave.

7 Best Inexpensive Italian Spots