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103 st Corona Plaza where to eat ?

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jennifer Jan 29, 2005 12:07 PM

We're taking the family to visit Louis Armstrong's home in Corona (34-56 107th street). Does anyone have any suggestions as to where to eat on a winter Sunday afternoon in Corona ?
Thanks.

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    stuartlafonda Jan 29, 2005 02:57 PM

    If it's not to late, and you have a car, try Rincon Criolla (good old style Cuban) on Junction just south of Roosevelt, Or Viko's over on National street,or Spicy and Tasty in Flushing. Parkside is a good bet for Italian. There are two Argentine places (esquina criolla is one)and an excellent bakery on Corona ave at the southern end of Junction.Maybe just head over to Jackson Heights for Indian such as Jackson Diner or Dimple.

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      doc Jan 29, 2005 09:41 PM

      rincon is good, parkside is not good imo

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        ciao ny (now in LA) Jan 30, 2005 04:40 AM

        Parkside was great in the late 60's!

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          doc Jan 30, 2005 08:08 AM

          momma leone's was good also

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            ciao ny (now in LA) Jan 30, 2005 08:01 PM

            But, La Stella was best!

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          stuartlafonda Jan 30, 2005 08:57 AM

          I think Parkside is a solid, old stlye, red sauce joint. It is better then Ponticello but not as good as Piccolo Venezia. The OP was looking for something in a very specific area and I don't know of a better family friendly Italian in the area.

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            doc Jan 30, 2005 09:40 AM

            understood..i disagree..enjoy

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              diane Jan 30, 2005 09:04 PM

              I know a much better family style italian. for some weird reason, chowhounders ignore this place, but i think it's some of the best italian in the city:

              Tony's Pizzeria: 45-18 104th street, 718-779-1707. get the salad -- amazing salad. try the shrimp over linguine with the marinara sauce -- get it on the spicy side. i think it's faaaar better than parkside, any day of the week!

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                stuartlafonda Jan 30, 2005 09:38 PM

                I don't know that it is ignored, I personally have never seen it mentioned on chowhound. I take it from the name that it is an informal spot.I will put it on my list to check out when I'm in the area. Thanks for the tip.

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                  diane Feb 1, 2005 06:57 PM

                  Tony's is so great. I've probably posted about 10 times! I dunno why it always seems to be overlooked. But I'll tell you this: the salad. that delicious tangy oil and vinegar mix that only the really great italian joints do perfectly! and the sauce! (red, that is). I like mine a little spicy, but my husband gets his milder -- delicious. they've got everything Parkside has only the food is faaaaaar better.

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                  foodwhisperer Dec 9, 2013 10:26 PM

                  Leo's was closed, so I went to Tony's. The pizza was crispy but mediocre. The pasta fagioli was a very weak version. The chicken cacciatore special looked good. I'll give the pasta a try next time i'm in the area, but I'm not too optimistic.
                  I'd rather drive to a few neighborhoods down and go to Don Peppe's.

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                    Steve R Dec 10, 2013 07:51 AM

                    Well, since we're updating this thread, I might as well add that I've been to Parkside quite a few times during the past couple of years & generally think it's one of the best of its type remaining in NYC. Don't want to start a red sauce war but I stopped liking Don Peppe's many years ago and haven't gone back in quite awhile. I take it that you do?

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                      foodwhisperer Dec 10, 2013 08:50 PM

                      I have been going to Don Peppe's since I was a kid. I still go there , and I think it has gotten better than it was a few years ago. I think they are getting busier too, since Aqueduct has a casino now. I think DP has the best baked clams around. I also like the linguini in white clam sauce. and the seafood salad. As far as red sauce goes, the seafood over linguini red sauce is very good. I have liked their filleto di pomodor sauce ( sp) but only had that once or twice , many years ago. I like Parkside also. Perhaps the red sauce is better at Parkside, but most of the dishes I get at Don Peppe's aren't red sauce.

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                        Steve R Dec 10, 2013 09:49 PM

                        Thanks for the answer. I'll have to go back and check it out. By the way, one of my best friends (someone who goes to Parkside a lot & is, himself, an excellent cook) swears that the reason that Don P's red sauce isn't as good is that they use butter in it (a very serious transgression, as he sees it).

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                          foodwhisperer Dec 11, 2013 11:22 AM

                          Marcella Hazan, one of the greatest Italian chefs, puts plenty of butter in her Bolognese sauce. I'm sure DP doesn't put butter in their seafood red sauces. Butter is not a bad thing. Check out Hazan's cookbook, fantastic recipes

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                            Steve R Dec 11, 2013 12:08 PM

                            Yep, he had a problem with her too.

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                            stuartlafonda Dec 11, 2013 11:27 AM

                            I am not a home cook by any stretch of the imagination but I noticed your comment about butter being a problem for your friend and I my mind immediately flashed to Marcella Hazen. Her recipe calls for four things, tomato, onion, salt and butter. I still enjoy Parkside for all things Italian American and occasionally visit Done Pepe but not for anything red sauce. Those clam dishes are excellent though I did not go to Don Pepe back in the day, so I have no basis to give an opinion on the issue of decline.

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                              foodwhisperer Dec 11, 2013 05:44 PM

                              Stuart did you read my posts? I brought up Hazan as an example of a great Italian chef who uses butter. Many Italians use butter in many of their dishes. Don Peppe is as good as always, there may have been a lag for awhile. They also used to own a restaurant upstate near Saratoga Race Course that was only open in August. They would close in Queens and take all of the staff up to Saratoga. It was the best Italian restaurant up there. It was frequented by jockeys, owners , trainers and race fans. In the book that Goodfellas is based on, there is a chapter about a brawl between the Goodfellas and the Don Peppe staff. Henry Hill and the others were pissed off that they had to wait on line to get in just like everyone else.The lines at Don Peppe can be annoying.
                              In any case I don't know if Don Peppe actually uses butter, but as I said I don't order much red sauce there. Although on occasion i do get the veal parmigiana which is very good. The baked clams are the best.
                              Parkside is good. I also go to Piccola Venezia which is similar in style but not as good as either Don Peppe or Parkside.

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                                stuartlafonda Dec 11, 2013 06:19 PM

                                We were posting at the same time, when I started to reply your post had not appeared yet, notice the time is the same. Great minds think alike. I have not read the book, only seen the movie a million times. This summer I finally read The Godfather, now it's time to read Goodfellas. As for butter, it has it's place in red sauce, but not all the time. Next time I go to Don Pepe's I will branch out beyond the baked clams/ linguini with clams/lemon chicken. Thanks for the information.

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                                  foodwhisperer Dec 13, 2013 10:46 AM

                                  The book is called Wise Guy by Nicolas Pileggi. The book is better than the movie. Although Joe Pesci plays the part very well ( i knew the guy he played). Anyway, the seafood salad at DP is really good.

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                                    stuartlafonda Dec 14, 2013 06:52 AM

                                    I will add it to the order,sounds like an excellent starter.Is the seafood salad better then the one at Rao's?

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                                      foodwhisperer Dec 18, 2013 08:27 PM

                                      I have been to Rao's only 4 times. I love their roasted peppers. I never had seafood salad at Rao's though, Don Peppe's seafood salad is as good as any I have had.

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              Tree Jan 29, 2005 07:23 PM

              absolutely, Viko's Cafe...

              Link: http://www.vikoscafe.com/

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                jennifer Jan 30, 2005 06:28 PM

                We went and it was great. everything we ordered was very good. They're not licensed at this time. Thanks for the tip.

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                Ray Nov 22, 2005 10:12 AM

                Tonys PIZZA
                45-18 104th street
                Corona NY 11368
                TEL # 718-779-1707
                THE BEST FOOD EVER

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