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Italian Restaurant for old timer

psnative Jun 23, 2008 11:52 AM

A friend needs an Italian restaurant for his dad's birthday. Dad likes to talk Italian to the waiters and get extra special treatment. Food should also be good old time Italian fare. Any suggestions in Brooklyn, Manhattan or SI? Thank you.

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  1. Astoria Lurker RE: psnative Jun 23, 2008 12:37 PM

    You didn't mention Queens but Piccola Venezia, Manducatis or Parkside would all fit the bill perfectly.

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      MShapiro RE: Astoria Lurker Jun 23, 2008 01:32 PM

      I second Manducatis in Queens – very nice neighborhood old school feel. In Brooklyn try:
      - Queen on Court Street
      - Red Rose on Smith Street
      - Monte’s on Caroll Street

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        Puppimus RE: MShapiro Jun 23, 2008 02:32 PM

        Try Red Rose for old-timey feel, but not for decent food. How about Ferdinando's on Union and Hicks?


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          tiger2 RE: Puppimus Jun 23, 2008 04:18 PM

          I second Ferdinando's. It's on the casual side, but very old school and has great rice balls. I love the pannelle too.

          I've never been to Marco Polo's on the corner of Court and Union in Carroll Gardens, but my parents enjoy it and have described it as very traditional (Brooklyn/NYC) Italian. It's a little fancier/pricier than Ferdinando's.

    2. bobjbkln RE: psnative Jun 23, 2008 07:35 PM

      In Williamsburgh:
      Cono and Sons O'Pescatore
      Bamonte's (it's been a while, but I don't think the food was very good, but the atmosphere is perfect)
      in Coney Island
      Garguilio (but the food sucks)

      if you want the whole schtick including a real Little Italy, you'll have to go to the Bronx. For a real Italian red sauce: Pasquale Rigolleto

      Pasquale's Rigoletto
      2311 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

      32 Withers St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

      2911 W 15th St, Brooklyn, NY 11224

      193 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

      Cono & Sons O'Pescatore
      301 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211

      1. BrookBoy RE: psnative Jun 24, 2008 05:00 AM

        For me it would be Queen on Court Street in Brooklyn. Consistently good, even superb, food and a diverse clientèle that includes a wide range of ages, including old timers. They make everything in house, including the signature mozzarella, the pasta and the bread.

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          Bob Martinez RE: BrookBoy Jun 24, 2008 06:04 AM

          Another vote for Queen. I was there a week ago as part of 6 and they're as good as ever.

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            bobjbkln RE: Bob Martinez Jun 24, 2008 12:40 PM

            Yes, sorry I left out Queen. Clearly the best food of the restaurants mentioned, and the waiters would probably meet the OP's criteria. But I think the atmosphere and clientèle in the restaurants I listed above may be a bit more to his friend's dad's liking.

            84 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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          MAW RE: psnative Jun 24, 2008 09:52 AM

          I enjoy going to Tonio's Restaurant on 7th Avenue in Park Slope. I love the food and Tonio is generally there and he speaks Italian.

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            JoeyCannoli RE: psnative Jun 25, 2008 07:12 PM

            A good old school Italian restaurant is New Corner's in Bayridge. I believe 8th avenue but I'm not exactly sure. They do have a website, not sure how to post it.

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              squid kun RE: JoeyCannoli Jun 25, 2008 08:07 PM

              Here's a Places link with link to the restaurant web site.

              Colandrea New Corner
              7201 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11228

              1. re: squid kun
                Tay RE: squid kun Jun 26, 2008 03:47 AM

                I'm also a big fan of New Corner for that traditional Italian restaurant atmosphere. The food is plentiful AND good. They offer a value priced 'Sunset' menu for those on a budget, something that is often especially attractive to the more senoir population.The waiters are mostly 'old school' although I'm not sure they are all Italian. Street parking (A rarity in Dyker Hts/Bay Ridge) is plentiful. I've noticed that they seem to have a very good rapport with their more senior customers., so it might be the kind of experience the OP's friend's Dad would enjoy.

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