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Park Side Corona-An Oldie but Goodie

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Hadn't been back in over 12 years. Very solid Italian. The complimentary proscuitto bread was out of this world. Beautiful veal chop milanese, great baked clams. Mrs. GG's signature " Vitello Park Side" ; i.e. veal scallopine with chestnuts, was scrumptious. Frank Sinatra would feel right at home.

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  1. "Frank Sinatra would feel right at home."

    So would Sam Giancana.

    "Mobster Anthony “Fat Tony” Rabito’s appetite is cooked after probation officers put him on an involuntary diet last month — telling him to steer clear of his favorite eateries for the next few years.

    Rabito, the reputed consigliere of the Bonanno crime family, has been bada-banned from four old-school Italian eateries because they are well-known mob hangouts.

    “They told me to stay away from hot places,” the rotund Rabito, 75, bellyached to a friend recently.

    The hit list includes Rao’s in East Harlem, Bamonte’s in Williamsburg, the Parkside Restaurant in Corona and Don Peppe in Ozone Park, Rabito said."

    http://mafiatoday.com/?p=2092

    Aside from all that, I've been to Parkside a number of times and the food indeed is very good.

    17 Replies
    1. re: Bob Martinez

      I have never ever had a bad meal at Parkside. And I have eaten there over 100 times. Everything is fresh, the service is excellent, and the flavors are bold.

      1. re: ZenFoodist

        they have very good eggplant parm

        1. re: ZenFoodist

          I dunno about that. I've had very conflicting reports from Italians and non-Italians who've been there.

          1. re: ZenFoodist

            ive eaten there over 100 times as well, food is ok, not even very good, but i continue to go to meet friends, much better elsewhere in 718

            1. re: intrepid

              OK, where else in Queens do you recommend? You left us hanging after that comment...

              1. re: QwnB

                I think Parkside is quite good, I have been there many times. They are however, inconsistent, fickle and the food is often better when ordered by people they know. It is also crowded, busy and on average not particularly inventive and not particularly great.

                Try Trattoria L'Incontro, although it is also a little hit or miss for me, they are more consistent and less cliquey when it comes to clientele. The short ribs with polenta is superb, white beans with escarole is hearty and classic. I dislike their style of lasagna as I prefer mine with bechamel and found theirs overly acidic with mushy pasta and not memorable. Their execution of old standards is competent and their service is friendly.

                1. re: QwnB

                  If he replies, he'll recommend Piccolo Venezia. He's been doing it for years.

                  1. re: Bob Martinez

                    oh bobby youve been lurking so long, glad to see youre back to youre old self, wishing belated new year
                    -testaccio
                    -manducatis
                    -piccola venezia
                    -vetro
                    -vesta

                    again bob, so glad youre stalking once again saluti

                    1. re: Bob Martinez

                      Yeah, but Piccolo Venezia makes a damn fine veal

                      1. re: NYJewboy

                        piccola venezia still a great place to eat

              2. re: Bob Martinez

                The fact that a certain Italian criminal element favors the place is verification of my review. Jim Leff always said to look for Chinese people in Chinese restaurants. I'm gonna try Don Peppe's next. Any thoughts?

                1. re: guttergourmet

                  Quite the contrary! See this oldie:
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/2869...

                  1. re: Jim Leff

                    Somehow I knew you were gonna shoot me down on that. Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.

                  2. re: guttergourmet

                    don pepe is a bad movie same ending

                    1. re: guttergourmet

                      great baked clams. they have their own homemade red wine and it's served chilled. the large, open dining room is very dated [decor-wise] but comfortable. attentive waitstaff.

                      1. re: ericalloyd

                        Agreed on the baked clams-best I've had in a long time.

                    2. re: Bob Martinez

                      Never name names