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Marco Apr 15, 2008 05:51 AM

A friend is coming into New York for a week and wants to dine in Bensonhurst. I assume he's looking for Italian since we are both southern Italians. We prefer places with good wine lists. Pasticcerie too, thanks

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    Marco Apr 17, 2008 06:48 AM

    Thanks people. My friend is an Italian wine guy. He wants to go to Bensonhurst since he's never been and so do I. All your suggestions are appreciated.

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    1. re: Marco
      ropa vieja Apr 17, 2008 09:28 AM

      id say da tomasso is a little bit better than merely "average." not in a league with, say, al di la or lupa, but its very solid and a great scene.

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      Marco Apr 16, 2008 05:46 AM

      Thanks peoples. How's the food at Da Tomasso?

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      1. re: Marco
        josh L Apr 16, 2008 06:44 AM

        The food at Da Tomasso is very average but the wine list is one of the best and most affordable in NY.

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          Tay Apr 16, 2008 07:36 AM

          Amazingly, I agree with Josh
          (Who said Pigs can't fly?)

          1. re: Tay
            citygrrl2000 Apr 16, 2008 05:16 PM

            It's Tomasso's (1464 86th Street) not Da Tomasso (as far as I know). Their veal is excellent and the semifreddo is out of this world. You will have a good meal there with great wine selectoin.

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          JFores Apr 15, 2008 08:25 AM

          Go to Villabate on 18th Avenue for pastries.

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          1. re: JFores
            Tay Apr 15, 2008 09:40 AM

            It's amazing... From appetizers to desserts, you know all the really great places

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              nychas Apr 15, 2008 10:07 AM

              obo96 is spot on about Il Colosseo. The pizzas make great appetizers but save room for the grilled octopus as it should not be missed. I usually go for one of the seafood specials for my entrée and have never been disappointed. They do not have outdoor seating.

              1. re: nychas
                Tay Apr 15, 2008 10:41 AM

                Thanks for the info. I love having pizza as an appetizer. Any rec as to a particular favorite?
                Now I REALLY want to go!:-}

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                  nychas Apr 15, 2008 11:38 AM

                  My preference is to keep it simple. I tend to almost always get the Napoli -sauce, cheese, and anchovies. They offer a variety of pies or you can also pretty much design your own. They even offer one without cheese. They are six slice pies, so perfect as a shared appetizer.

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                    Tay Apr 15, 2008 12:02 PM

                    That sounds like excellent advice...
                    Except for the 'sharing' part :-}
                    Now I'm going to see if they have a menu on line.
                    Thanks again

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            obob96 Apr 15, 2008 08:04 AM

            Il Colosseo, senza dubbia, on 77th and 18th Avenue. Brick oven pizza, fresh fish on the grill, grilled octopus from heaven, fine pastas, small but serviceable wine list, and perhaps one of the last un-selfconsciously Italian family spots around--the feel is really much more like that of a mid-range trattoria in a residential area of, say, Naples, Bari, or Catania. Oh yeah, swift, professional, and friendly service. And amazing value.

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            1. re: obob96
              Tay Apr 15, 2008 09:38 AM

              You covered all the basis.I haven't been there yet, but based on what you've written, I intend to try it. Thanks for a great,review!
              Quick question: Do they have sidewalk/outdoor seating?

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