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Good Italian Restaurant in Forest Hills, Queens?

I am looking for an Italian restaurant in Forest Hills that has excellent food and doesn't have a formal/stuffy atmosphere. I would like to take my family (includes 9 year old, 4 year old) out to celebrate their grandmother's birthday. Thank you in advance for your suggestions!

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  1. I would recommend Dee's on Metropolitan Avenue. They have pizza as well as entrees, italian entrees and other items. It's casual, but very pretty and definitely child friendly. I like the large tables. I am tired of eating on extra large plates on extra small tables. Unlike Austin Street, parking is not impossible.

    1. Stay away from all Italian on Austin and QB. How can I put this mildly.....they SUCK.

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      1. re: oc200

        Try La Vigna, also on Metropolitan Ave...haven't been there in a while, but we always enjoyed it.

      2. Thank you very much for the suggestions!

        1. The Family Restaurant on Queens Blvd. isn't bad (and it's sort of amusing in an old-school kinda way). I second the Dee's nomination-- it's really solid, pretty and pleasant. Nick's Pizza on Ascan is a lot of folks' favorite and it's pretty good.

          Stay away from entrees at Piu Bello, but they have nice gelato and a super kid-friendly atmosphere.

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          1. re: lizisinflatbush

            Am I the only one that thinks The Family Restaurant is a poison pit? Completely mediocre and faceless is Portofino---head over to La Tavernetta in Glendale for some freshly prepared Italian fare.

            1. re: janie

              Maybe I can just tolerate Family because I grew up near there? I agree to stay AWAY from Portofino (the last time I was there the place really smelled like a bathroom...). Never been to La Tavernetta....

              Also, Vesuvio on Bell Boulevard in Bayside, if you're willing to trek, does great soups and pizza...

          2. Spolini's in Kew Gardens on Metropolitan Ave. is good family-style. They have valet parking as well.