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May 17, 2006 04:55 PM

Donato's-Italian in Sunnyside

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Anyone been to Donato's in Sunnyside Gardens? I've heard good things, but haven't gotten there yet. I'm visiting a friend in the area and we'd like to get Italian.

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  1. haven't been to but looks more like a neighborhood pizza joint. Sapori d'ischia is actually around 4-5 blocks from Donato's and if you're going tonight, they have $25 prix-fixe dinner on Wed.

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    1. re: welle

      My friend and I went to Donato's last night and
      weren't disappointed. Definitely more than just a pizza joint. It's a really cute place, complete with very friendly staff and excellent food. I had a walnut salad and shrimp scampi. Both were excellent. My friend got the fettucine alfredo. Very good! Nice selection of desserts. We'll def be back!

    2. I regularly visit Donato''s much more than just a "pizza joint." It may have started as one, but the owners have transformed the dining room into more than a local pizza place. They have a full bar, wine by the bottle and carafes (as well as a homemade wine that others find good...personally i'm not a fan). The owners are always there and ready to accomodate their guests...newcomers and regulars alike. The food is consistently good and sometimes even exceptional. They have a nice selection of daily specials in addition to their regular menu.

      I've eaten at Sapori D'Ischia and have enjoyed that as well, but keep going back to Donatos.

      1. Has anybody been here/ordered from them lately? They just dropped a bunch of "we deliver by car" delivery menus in my lobby -- I'm in Jackson Heights -- sounds like it could be a nice change of pace from other neighborhood delivery offerings.

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        1. re: jennsch

          Don't expect more than your average red-sauce joint. Don't get me wrong, it's a very comfortable, friendly and really quite good red-sauce joint. I like it! But it's not comparable to Sapori. It's definitely a neighborhood, local jernt, not a place to go out of your way to enjoy. If you visit a friend in Phipps or in Sunnyside Gardens (soon to be landmarked - eat your heart out anti-Landmarkers!) hit Donatos and enjoy. But it's not a destination place.

          Try the SunnysideNY YahooGroup!

          1. re: Monkey Man Jake

            Echoing MMJ,
            Neighborhood joint, nothing special, average pizza with better (but not great) pizza nearby, don't go out of your way.

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          1. as a pizza joint deluxe with flair, Donato's fits the bill. i find all of the pizza sauce in sunnyside too salty. Donato's pizza sauce is slightly sweet and not too salty: my favorite in the area. The always courteous and chipper Donato himself seems like he is there 24/7. Some dishes will surprise you. Best lemony chicken francese i've ever had. As mentioned below, not a destination Italian restaurant, but solid and filling.