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Jan 22, 2007 05:10 PM

Vesuvio in Whitestone

We had a great meal last night at the new restaurant, Vesuvio, opened by the owners of Il Vesuvio in Bayside. It is on 149th St and 12th Ave in Whitestone. It is nothing like the pizza place.It's a large space,[former Mezza Luna] with a totally different menu, something for everyone's taste. We shared a salad that was very good. We always liked the pastas at Il Vesuvio, so that's what we ordered. I had pappadelle with duck ragu, my husband fettuccine with shrimp and crab. They were both excellent. Can't wait to explore more things on the menu.

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  1. I just passed it tonight on my way to Cascon for cheesecake(it is just a few blocks down 149) and was curious when I saw the name on the awning as my family are regulars at the old branch. Can't wait to try it. Are either of the two brothers from Bayside at the new branch?

    1. Funny, Stuart...I just went to Cascon for the first time on Friday (via this sites reccs),and on passing Vesuvio, I said to my boyfriend "I think I have heard of that place", which is when he said, "you heard of it becasue it is the same name as the restaurant on The Sopranos". I shrugged in defeat. But NOW I was not The Soprano's, but Il Vesuvio in Bayside (never been, but have gone past a million times). Glad to read your review, Fran, maybe we will try it soon. Thanks!

      1. I'm pretty sure the chef was one of the brothers. He came out a few times to talk to everyone and ask how everything was. The father was there also. The buzz was that everything was was made there, and it certainly tasted like it was.

        1. ..looking forward to a hearty meal here !!!!!!!!

          1. my husband and i ate here last night - deeelicious. there was even an old italian grandmother type wandering the restaurant. service was good, atmosphere lively, though it was pretty chilly in the front dining area (they had space heaters situated around the place to try to warm it up). we started with the beef carpaccio appetizer ($9) - perfect with baby arugula and thick slices of shaved parm/reggiano cheese, fennel and a few sundried tomatoes. we also had a grilled calmari and shrimp appetizer special - perfectly cooked, served on a bed of romaine lettuce. at first i thought the lettuce was superflous, but it was expertly dressed with light lemon and olive oil which really went well with the smoky grilled flavor of the seafood. for entrees, based on the above recommendation, i had the papardelle pasta with a duck ragout ($16) - fabulous! the pasta tasted homemade/fresh, which is a rarity, and the sauce was perfection. very very flavorful. my husband had a grilled pork chop special, served with broccoli rabe and mashed potato. also delicious and expertly cooked (not too dry!). we will definitely be back. there are so many italian places around, it's nice to actually find one worth returning to.