Suggestions for Annivesary Italian Dinner in Queens
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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)
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.
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.
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