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Jan 4, 2007 08:55 PM

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)

Tasty suggestions?

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  1. 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.

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

      1. 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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        1. re: meb903

          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. 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.

          1. 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.


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            1. re: ceeceee

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