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Feb 21, 2006 01:05 PM

Sapori d'Ischia???

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Friends want to eat here next week so I am looking for recent advice on what to order, is the place worth trying, etc. Or alternate Italian recs (any region ok) in Queens for top-flight food, no pretense. Have been to Piccola Venezia (excellent) and Maducatis(pretty good) and would like to try something new. Price not too much of an issue since with this group. Thanks!!

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  1. We were in a large party that ate there last month. I was not impressed although others were. We ordered the fettucini Alfredo made in the cheese wheel as an appetizer for the entire table. I've had a lot better. I had a risotto dish that was a special. I might as well have had Rice-a-roni.

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    1. re: Brian W

      I tried it quite awhile ago, and thought it was okay--but the water issue really irked my husband..I mean if you're cooking pasta in it, why can't we have some to drink? NYC water is the best tap water, the bottled water scam really irritates people, and they are definitely a bit pretentious there in other ways...we didn't go back.

    2. Well, the Fettucini Al'Antonio is the showstopper. I found the margherita and quattro frommagio pizzas to be good on my visits. Usually, I avoid entrees and just order several antipasti, pizzas and pastas to share. If anyone in your party is naturally cold, ask for a table away from the refrigerators.

      1. I was lucky enough to be treated to dinner here by friends, and what an experience it was! The food was positively phenomenal - I tried several dishes - wonderful braised shortribs, mussels, beet salad, some ravioli - all sublime. They also have a great wine selection, and the service couldn't have been nicer or more attentive without being annoying.

        I definitely think this is a destination worthy of any hype it receives.

        1. Isn't this the place that only serves bottled water? First time I ate here with some friends, we told them we only wanted tap, but think they served us bottled anyway. no charge. next time one of my friends went back, they again served the bottled water, but this time they did charge for it.

          1. On Wednesday they serve dinner for $25. I've been to lunch on several occasions and the prices are extremely reasonable and the food very good. Highest price is $10 for steak or salmon. Area is also very good for parking. Yes, they charge for water. I always get the imported Lemon drink which is a dollar.

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            1. re: Bill C.

              Can you elaborate on the Wednesday $25 prix fix deal. Thanks.

              1. re: suzy

                I haven't had the Wednesday $25 dinner but I remember taking home a color post card which indicated $25 for a 3 course meal. Call and see if they still have this special and what it includes. What you won't get on Wednesday is the entertainment (Opera). I've been for lunch many times but never dinner. I'm mostly a lunch hound since I'm retired and have time for a leisurely lunch. I went on a Saturday two weeks ago for groceries and they were serving lunch. The only item in the grocery store you should never purchase is the frozen manicotti, stuffed shells and ravioli and other pasta. I took home the manicotti once and threw it out because of severe freezer burn on the pasta and dried out ricotto cheese stuffing.

                1. re: suzy

                  3-course for $25 - you can choose anything from the whole menu (great value considering entrees go up to $30). tips, tax, drinks not included of course. Daily specials cannot be ordered as prix fix.

                  They don't have opera, but on a recent night, they had a musician playing sax.

                  They also have 6-course deal on Thursday I believe, but their dishes are so generous I don't see how you can have 6 dishes one night.