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Sapori di Ischia?

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Anyone have current feedback on this place? Walked in the other day. Pricey menu, odd looking dining room / market. The past reviews seem to rate it as excellent yet quirky. Would love to hear some recent opinions.

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  1. Try it for lunch. It's an incredibly good deal and you'll get a good sense of the food which I think is first rate.

    1. On Wednesday evenings they have a 3 Course special for just $25. Lunch is an incredible bargain with the top price being $10. Warning: they charge for water. I usually get the imported Lemonade drink which is about $1.25 and it's very good.

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      1. re: Mike V

        Update: one of my co-workers just informed me that the Wednesday 3 course dinner is now $30.

      2. We've been to this place 3 times over the last 2 months, twice for dinner and once for lunch. The food is consistently excellent. The atmosphere is fun as well, and varies a bit depending on the music -- we preferred Thursday (opera) night to Friday (pop/standards) night.

        As for the prices, while they do seem high for the area, note that the portions are huge and the food tends to be on the heavy side (at least the dishes I've ordered). I don't recall being disappointed in any of the dishes we've tried. The ones that come to mind include the short ribs with mashed potatoes and honey, the rigatoni with sausage, their signature pasta with cheese and a ton of white truffles, and the frisee salad with lardons. Also consider trying the desert pizza if you go with a few people -- it's really delicious.

        At dinner, you hardly notice it's a market too by day. And FYI -- they sell loaves of the delicious bread they serve with dinner at the market.

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        1. re: rosehill

          i agree with rosehill, i lways like this place been going since they started serving, their enoteca is also good to chill /drink in

        2. My husband and I were there this past Friday, July 25th for the first time to celebrate our 21st wedding anniversary. Since we spent a week on Ischia last June we've wanted to have dinner here for some time. It was worth the wait. As soon as you walk through the door you feel like you've stepped off the ferry that goes to Ischia from Naples. The food was wonderful and the service even better. While on the island of Ischia we drank the local white wine and have not been able to find it anywhere in NYC. This restaurant has it, we were thrilled. If you're looking for a romantic evening sit in the back, if not, sit up front where we met the owner as we were leaving. This restaurant is a must go - we can't wait to go back.

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          1. re: LindaW

            What did you eat?

            1. re: LindaW

              Are they still refusing to serve tap water (despite the backlash against bottled)?

              1. re: Joe MacBu

                Yup, at least when I was there a month ago. No tap water.

                All things considered, I felt the prices are pretty high. Food is great though.

            2. I have been going there for years. The food is really good. We usually get the special pizza with the truffle oil - Fabulous. It is a little pricey but you are also getting good music.
              BEWARE - add the check up yourself manually!!! We have caught them a number of times. The computer seems to add $5 bucks to every bill. When told them about it - they said we'll just take the salad off. In other words they cant take it off the on the computer which leads me to believe everyone is being charged and no one adds up their check.
              It really bugs me that they do that -

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              Sapori d'Ischia
              55-15 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

              1. For what it's worth, it is a legal requirement that NYC restaurants provide tap water when asked. To refuse is to court a summons. Might we worth reminding them of that fact.

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                1. re: pomme1200

                  That's an urban myth. Restaurants do not have to provide free tap water. Just as you are free to eat elsewhere. If you can provide a link to the NYC Code that proves otherwise, please do so.