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Restaurant near St.George theatre in Staten Island

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LA1PP Mar 17, 2009 01:34 AM

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. Flaco Mar 17, 2009 08:47 AM

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

    1. famdoc Mar 17, 2009 09:11 AM

      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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        Tay Mar 17, 2009 11:13 AM

        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?
        Thanks!

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          BMartin Mar 17, 2009 02:00 PM

          I had never heard of it either but here's an Advance review: http://www.silive.com/entertainment/d...

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            famdoc Mar 17, 2009 03:26 PM

            The silive review is right on!

            Also:

            http://slice.seriouseats.com/tags/Sta...

            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!

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              Tay Mar 18, 2009 03:44 PM

              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
                Flaco Mar 19, 2009 08:38 AM

                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.

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                  Tay Mar 19, 2009 02:49 PM

                  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
                    BMartin Mar 19, 2009 04:56 PM

                    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.

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                      Flaco Mar 20, 2009 12:00 PM

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

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                        Tay Mar 21, 2009 08:50 AM

                        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?

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                          BMartin Mar 22, 2009 05:02 AM

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

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                            Tay Mar 22, 2009 11:02 AM

                            "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...:-)

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            Tay Mar 17, 2009 11:17 AM

            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.

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              idrinkwine Mar 18, 2009 09:41 AM

              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.

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                LA1PP Mar 19, 2009 05:06 AM

                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:)

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                  LA1PP Mar 19, 2009 05:08 AM

                  Thanks for helping out. Looks like I will have to decide between Enoteca Maria and Salvatore's of Soho. Will keep you posted:)

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                    LA1PP Mar 24, 2009 03:58 AM

                    Once again, thanks to all of you for your feedback- I tried to make a reservation at Enoteca Maria and the restaurant was fully booked. Plan B came into place and my beau and I headed over to Salvatores of Soho-We were greeted by owners, Ralph and Sal and these guys could not of been more gracious. The food was heavenly. I had the eggplant rollatini with pasta and beau had the chicken marsala. Ralph came over with thin garlic bread that was to die for Servings were huge-we took home leftovers. The almond cake was delicious- Sal and Ralph were so friendly and went out of their way to give us a tour of the restaurant and showed us all of the antiques that Ralph has collected throughout the years . Sal makes his own mozzerella and uses organic spices and herbs as well as San Marzano tomatoes . This place is a hidden gem- I highly recommend this restaurant. I only wish it were closer. Make sure to get there b'fore 7PM or there will be a wait:) Sal and Ralph made me and beau feel like we were old friends...... enough said:)

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                      famdoc Mar 24, 2009 04:17 AM

                      The garlic bread is made from pizza dough. Very unique.
                      Glad you enjoyed the place.

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                        Tay Mar 24, 2009 01:49 PM

                        famdoc and LA1PP...
                        Ok...That's it.... I've got to check out this place
                        Thanks to both of you for sharing such detailed reviews.

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                          comestible Mar 26, 2009 07:09 PM

                          I went there this afternoon, as I was in the neighborhood. Strange, their sign was down, so I had to ask at other businesses exactly where they were.

                          Had a small mushroom pie (crimini, button and shiitake) that came with some tasty fresh basil strips. Beautiful crust, charred and thin, basically crisp with a bit of chewiness. I'm not a pizza expert and don't eat it often, but this struck me as one of the very best I've had. The house red wine was quite adequate at $6 but the glasses are a little small (one of my major restaurant peeves). The pasta of the day sounded very interesting, too.

                          I'll be back!

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                            comestible Mar 26, 2009 07:11 PM

                            This place deserves a thread of its own, BTW. No one will think of looking for it under St. George.

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                              famdoc Mar 26, 2009 08:04 PM

                              I agree. Consider it done.

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                        sandfactory Aug 15, 2009 04:46 PM

                        ENOTECA Maria! Right next to the St George Theatre, Enoteca (the name means Wine Library in Italian) hosts six rotating female chefs from all different regions of Italy. The menu is different each time you go, a wonderful, relaxing community atmosphere awaits and best of all, amazing dessert! Their pizza is also the best, with tasty cheese on a soft but thin focaicca bread. Last time they even made a vegetarian sauce for me. Entrees include things like half a sheeps head stuffed with things, lobster, pasta and sea bass, all delicately prepared with care by the current chef. As my boyfriend says, "if you want good food, make it yourself or go to ENOTCA!"

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                          Tay Aug 15, 2009 05:36 PM

                          sand
                          Do you work at the restaurant?

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