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Suggestions for Annivesary Italian Dinner in Queens

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marisarose Jan 4, 2007 08:55 PM

Chowhound has yet to let me down.

Anniversary coming up at the end of January.

I would love to go someplace with great Italian food and a nice atmosphere. We live in Astoria but are willing to travel for the best. (but we don't have a car)

Tasty suggestions?

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    akulaji Jan 5, 2007 09:03 PM

    If you want to stay close to home, I agree with the Trattoria L'Incontro comments. There is a side dining room that I've sat in that is less noisy than in the main room. You might try requesting a table in there. They sometimes have live harp music playing from that room. The times that I've been there, the food has been very good. From what I've been told, they have a very nice wine collection there too. (I've only had it by the glass myself.) Some friends actually go there and leave it up to the chef to choose their meals and pair it with wine. I've been told it's a great experience.... and it's right at the ditmars stop on the N,W

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      marisarose Jan 18, 2007 03:55 PM

      Well, we decided to go with Trattoria L'Incontro. Will let you know our thoughts.

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        johnk Jan 19, 2007 08:45 PM

        Enjoy. We love the grilled baby octopus there.
        Pretty good mushroom risotto.
        regards,
        JK

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          marisarose Jan 24, 2007 06:27 AM

          Went last night to Trattoria L'Incontro. i loved the food and had been prepared for the setting. i would go back on a non romantic night.

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        ceeceee Jan 5, 2007 08:38 PM

        sapori d'ischia in woodside! i just recommended it as a hidden gem in queens and it really is. such a CUTE, romantic atmosphere and the food is fantastic.

        http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...

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          Deuce Jan 20, 2007 01:28 AM

          I second that. What a gem of an experience. The rabbit dish is unbeatable....

        2. ericalloyd Jan 5, 2007 04:15 PM

          i really like parkside in corona. it's classic italian-american fare done extremely well, imho. try to snag a table on the patio near the window because those tables are separated by some large potted flora which makes them kinda private.

          www.parksiderestaurant.com

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            meb903 Jan 5, 2007 02:12 PM

            Piccola Venezia - I know some people think it old fashioned, but we have spent many special occasions there and are never disappointed. The service is great and the food is wonderful - try the gnocchi in gorgonzola sauce & the buca-loni, as well the as veal sorrentino. Personally, I don't see the Trattoria L'Incontro thing - I find the waiters to be obnoxious and the noise level somewhere around deafening. Ponticello is nice and we do go there, but I think Piccola Venezia has better food.

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              bobjbkln Jan 5, 2007 03:09 PM

              I like PV, but it is more of a family or group celebretory dinner place than a romantic one in that it is fairly large and always bustling. If that meets your needs, go for it. The large menu includes both classic Italian American and more innovative fare.

            2. johnk Jan 5, 2007 12:46 PM

              A subway ride away is Arezzo on 22nd Street @ 6th Avenue.
              Great food, nice vibe.
              JK

              1. Astoria Lurker Jan 4, 2007 09:37 PM

                Personally, I love Trattoria L'Incontro, though their long list of "specials" can be annoying and unless you get a decent table it can be noisy and not romantic. But, their food is top notch and often features unique items (Ostrich Steak) that you won't find in many places. Especially wonderful the last time I went was fresh wild boar sausage, so sweet and flavorful, it took me back to Tuscany.

                Piccola Venezia is a favorite on these boards but I've never been.

                I have been to Ponticello and it definitely doesn't measure up to L'Incontro.

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