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The top independent Italian restaurants of 2017 boast check averages from $29 to $162.
Top 100 Rank: 4
Location: New York City
Average Check: $33
Meals Served: 396,871
On the Menu: Family-style dishes like pasta with ragu, Pomodoro or clam sauce
Restaurant profile | Top 100 ranking
Top 100 Rank: 7
Average Check: $85
Meals Served: 200,000
On the Menu: Chicken Marsala with wild mushrooms and marsala wine
Top 100 Rank: 18
Location: Los Angeles
Average Check: $35
Meals Served: 729,612
On the Menu: Artichoke pizza with chevre, mozzarella, roasted artichokes, shaved shallots, tomato sauce, parsley and olive oil
Top 100 Rank: 32
Average Check: $162
Meals Served: 110,000*
On the Menu: Potato gnocchi with smoked cod collar, fiano crema and caviar
Top 100 Rank: 47
Average Check: $90
Meals Served: 171,713
On the Menu: Bucatini & Clams with pepperoni ragu, shishito and crispy potato
Top 100 Rank: 55
Location: Las Vegas
Meals Served: 134,783
On the Menu: Meatball with sausage ragu
Top 100 Rank: 70
Average Check: $52*
Meals Served: $290,000
On the Menu: Harry’s Chicken Vesuvio with half chicken or boneless breast, quartered potatoes, peas, garlic and white wine
Top 100 Rank: 88
Average Check: $29
Meals Served: 438,667
On the Menu: Shrimp risotto with zucchini and sun-dried tomatoes
Top 100 Rank: 99
Location: Bal Harbour, Fla.
Average Check: $54*
Meals Served: 237,000*
On the Menu: Fusili al Telefono with tomato, basil, mozzarella and Parmesan
Top 100 Rank: 100
Location: Indianapolis, Ind.
Average Check: $56*
Meals Served: 235,000
On the Menu: Cafe Fiorello Lasagna with short rib meatballs and braised short rib
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