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Mar 17, 2009 01:34 AM

Restaurant near St.George theatre in Staten Island

Can anyone recommend a good restaurant near the St.George Theatre? Will be going to the Garfunkel concert on Saterday and am not familiar with S.I.

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  1. Enoteca, Beso, Polish Place, Ruddy & Dean, Lakruwana...

    1. If you will have a car (or a Zipcar), I would suggest Salvatore's of SoHo, 1880 Hylan Blvd.
      You will be a 15 minute drive from the theater and will enjoy some of the best home-style Italian food and brick-oven pizza in the NY area.

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      1. re: famdoc

        "), I would suggest Salvatore's of SoHo, 1880 Hylan Blvd"
        I live out here and have never heard of this place. Is it new or formerly some other restaurant? Would you mind writing a brief review or make some recc based on your experience?

        1. re: Tay

          I had never heard of it either but here's an Advance review:

          1. re: Tay

            The silive review is right on!



            plus, here's my comment under the above review:

            The wife and I made our first (of, I am certain, many) visits to Salvatore's of Soho on a recent Friday evening. The joint is relatively small, seating, perhaps, only 40 people. So, at peak hours, there's a wait at the front door (outdoor seating will be available in warmer months). But, the experience of Salvatore's starts while waiting at the front door. You see, Staten Island is like a small town, so arriving guests are greeted by friends and neighbors who are already seated.
            We quickly started conversing with another waiting couple and our common passion for good pizza, and food in general, brought us together and conversation continued throughout our meal, as we were lucky enough to be seated alongside one another.
            To say Salvatore's is a pizza joint is doing it a disservice. Yes, pizza is an important element of Salvatore's menu: the neopolitan pies turned out in its rotating, coal-fired oven are near-ideal. I would have appreciated just a bit more crispiness in the center of my pie and a few more ounces of the delicious sauce on my plain pie with fresh (abundant) mushrooms, but, all-in-all, Salvatore's pies rate highly.
            As I scanned other tables, I saw mouth-watering platters of baked clams, mussels in red sauce and grilled calamari. We opted for a house salad ($10, big enough for two to share), an order of swiss chard in a pomodoro (the chunks of fresh garlic and the tomato sauce mixed nicely with the slight tang of the chard) and lobster ravioli (a generous portion, Salvatore's offers a different ravioli special each night). Service, by young women dressed in short dresses reminiscent of 50s-era drive-ins or diners, was delightful. We skipped dessert, but most looked wonderful.
            Salvatore's of Soho is an outstanding addition to the under-recognized, but outstanding dining scene on Staten Island. Worthy of a detour!

            1. re: famdoc

              "here's my comment under the above review"

              I'll take your opinion over a pretentious Silvestri review, any day of the week.
              I intend to check it out very soon... Thanks! :-)

              1. re: Tay

                Tay, I have a theory that you are actually Pamela Silvestri but I won't tell anyone, I promise!

                Back to the topic at hand, I think sending someone below the 278 for a meal when they are looking for something in St George is dubious at best. Salvatore's of Bronx should get its own thread.

                1. re: Flaco

                  "Tay, I have a theory that you are actually Pamela Silvestri but I won't tell anyone, I promise!"
                  Rofl!.. Pammy couldn't get that lucky!. Besides, I think her fixation and punitive reviews based soley on whether or not: restaurants use real Vs imitation whipped cream, are downright bizarre...
                  As for making a St Geo dinner recc, I seconded your great sugggestion of Enotoca Maria.. : Sal's of Soho (Not 'da Bronx') was fandoc's suggestion. I'm just looking forward to trying it based on his recc.:-}
                  BTW... Since you pretty much know everything in the area. What's up with the Greenmarket this yr?

                  1. re: Tay

                    I expected no less from Tay when I posted the link to Silvestri's review. In any event, the Greenmarket starts May 2 this year.

                    1. re: BMartin

                      Just spotted activity at Gerradi's as well up on the terrace.

                      1. re: BMartin

                        "I expected no less from Tay when I posted the link to Silvestri's review"

                        I'm not sure what to make of this comment. Doesn't sound too good since she's like the "Mikey" of food critics, Lol!
                        Thanks for the Greenmarket info. Did they happen to specify a location?

                        1. re: Tay

                          Greenmarket still in the same spot despite the construction. See you there!

                          1. re: BMartin

                            "Greenmarket still in the same spot despite the construction"

                            Really? I'm surprised but happy to hear it..... Now, if they still allow parking on site, I'll be a happy (And rugelach/empanada stuffed) camper.
                            Thanks much for the info...:-)

          2. If you are not familiar with the area, you might want to park once and dine close by. I'd second Flaco's recc of Enotoca Maria. Interesting food, right next to the theatre.

            1. Try enoteca maria, right next to the theartre. I havent been there in a while but they bring in a different authentic Italian chef to make the menu for the night. Great wine selection too. The owner is a nice guy...he shares his grappa. Little pricey for SI though. Food was great though.

              1. I'd like to thank everyone for helping me out- Looks like I will be deciding between Enoteca Maria and Salvatore's of Soho. Will keep you posted:)