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If I could eat at only 1 Italian Rest in Brooklyn . . .

There are not enough days in our NYC trip to hit all the wonderful places, so if I had to pick only one Brooklyn Italian restaurant that serves southern Italian food, preferably more home-style, and reasonably priced, where would you send me?

My contenders are:
1. Baci & Abbracci (Williamsburg)
2. Noodle Pudding (Brooklyn Heights)
3. Po (Smith Street)

Any other contenders that just can't be missed?

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  1. I don't know Baci & Abbracci but Noodle Pudding is a pleasant neighborhood spot and nothing more. Po hasn't even opened yet so it would seem a bit premature to place it in the forefront of Brooklyn Italians, especially since it's Manhattan outpost isn't held in any special regard.

    Must try Italian restaurants in Brooklyn? Al Di La and Queen.

    1. Baci - No way.

      Noodle Pudding--I think it is a great neighborhood restaurant. Definitely a pleaser. I think more "home-style" than Al Di La.

      Po--So new, it might be a gamble

      Al Di La--Always great, always busy!

      1. I don't know Baci & Abbracci but Noodle Pudding is a pleasant neighborhood spot and nothing more. Po hasn't even opened yet so it would seem a bit premature to place it in the forefront of Brooklyn Italians, especially since it's Manhattan outpost isn't held in special regard.

        Must try Italian restaurants in Brooklyn? Al Di La and Queen.

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        1. re: Bob Martinez

          don't think of al di la (or noodle pudding for that matter) as southern italian, or homestyle, as the OP requested. don't know Baci & Abbracci.
          I would think Ferdinando's or Joe's or Queen or one of the ones in W'burg or Bensonhurst is more what the poster had in mind. People with knowledge about good old school brooklyn italian joints--got any recs?

          1. re: missmasala

            agree about noodle pudding being a good neighborhood joint. otherwise, i don't think it's worth taking a trip there unless you live in the area.

            1. re: missmasala

              Yes, the OP requested old school/Southern Italian places. As much as we adore Al DiLa, I agree with missmasala that it does not fit the bill. I would recommend Frankie's Spuntino (Court Street, Carroll Gardens), or second the motions for places like Ferdinando's, Bamonte, etc.

              1. re: parkslopemama

                What's strange is that the OP asked for home-style Southern Italian and then named 3 restaurants as possibilities that aren't really those old time type of places. For old style Brooklyn Italian restaurants I'd go with either Queen in Downtown Brooklyn on Court St. or Cono's in Williamsburg on Graham Ave (and I'd avoid Bamonte's), with a leaning towards Queen. Although I'm certain there are several places I don't know much about out in southern Brooklyn that would also fit the bill, perhaps a bit less expensively. For more currently authentic Italian-style food I'd definitely choose Al Di La - or go to Manhattan.

                1. re: Woodside Al

                  What Al said.
                  I take my Southern Italian-American cousins to al di la even though it's clearly Northern Ital food. It's sooooo good, and "more currently authentic." If I was looking for old-style Brooklyn red sauce, I'd poke around Graham Ave, or perhaps Bay Ridge.

                  Where in Bay Ridge? Could not tell you.
                  I'd go to Piazza Mercado grocery (salumi and bread and butcher ETC) on 2nd Ave and 92nd St in Bay Ridge, get some antipasti and ask them. They have a map of Calabria on the wall.

                  1. re: pitu

                    I can tell you :)
                    Bay Ridge it's Gino's Restaurant (& Pizzaria) 5th Ave and 74th St.
                    Great food, excellent service - the pizzarias in front, restaurant in back.
                    Other suggestions.... Maria's in Sheepshead Bay, the food is always good.
                    Gargiulo's in Coney Island, love the hot antipasto.
                    I don't think I would recommend Fiorentino's at all, tried it a few times and never had a good meal there.
                    Someone else mentioned Collaro's - I remember the one that was on Coney Island Avenue.... anyone else?

                    1. re: anon6116

                      This "other" Collaro's on Coney Is. Ave. off Kings Highway (no relationship to the one on McDonald Ave) wasnt nearly as good. And I agree that Fiorentino's is mediocre at best, with the distinct possibility that the meal will be downright bad.

                      The OP should go to Queen or al di la.

                      1. re: anon6116

                        gargulios is glorified catering hall food.

                2. re: missmasala

                  southern italian doesnt necessary mean old school brooklyn, plus, with an exception to queen, none of those places you listed are very good.

                3. re: Bob Martinez

                  Could not agree more. I prefer Queen slightly to Al Di La, mainly because it has a better comfort level. I think these two are contenders for the best Italian restaurant in all of NYC, not just Brooklyn...

                4. Al Di La. Get there at 5:30 or you will WAIT! I eat at noodle pudding 3 times a week. Its very good, not great. Al Di La can achieve greatness. Try the steak.

                  1. Al Di La
                    or Frost Street restaurant (Williamsburg) or Bamonte's (Williamsburg)
                    These are real Italian American places. IF you want something with more ambiance, I would try something else
                    Good Luck!