Old fashioned Red Sauce Italian Restaurant
Is there a red sauce restaurant that is worth driving over an hour to get to – a place that can make ravioli, lasagna and spaghetti and meatballs as good as your Italian Great-grandmother's? I'm not interested in caviar, truffles, fau gras and other new trends, but a good old fashioned Italian American experience - the type you would have found in Working Class neighborhoods in the middle part of the 20th Century.
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While we were visiting family last month in Queens we went to Salerno's in Richmond Hill. The place has been open for 70 years, and has JUST the food you're looking for! The decor (and many of the servers) hasn't changed in at least 40 years. The food is very old school and absolutely delicious!
We love LB Spumoni Gardens. If you can ignore strange salads and specials ( they all seem to involve fruit). They don't understand "light on the oil" or "half order".
I second NAtiveNewYorker's recc of New Corner. It's like stepping back in time to a forgotten era. Very old school. Very good food.
Added bonus: There is street parking. We eat there often.
Order a platter of Frito Misto for the table and check out the blackboard Daily Specials.
Here's their site.