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Jun 23, 2008 11:52 AM

Italian Restaurant for old timer

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

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    1. re: Astoria Lurker

      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

      1. re: MShapiro

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

        1. re: Puppimus

          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. 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. 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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        1. re: BrookBoy

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

          1. re: Bob Martinez

            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

        2. 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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