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Lunch on Saturday in Brooklyn looking for Italian

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Coming to NY this weekend and would like to try Brooklyn Italian but have no idea where to go, any ideas will be welcomed. Thanks.

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  1. Brooklyn is a sprawling borough with hundreds of Italian restaurants, so it would help if we knew the area that you'll be in, or the type of restaurant that you'd like, etc, etc. "Brooklyn Italian" is too general.

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    1. re: efdee

      efdee, I'm staying in Manhattan so will go to Brooklyn just for lunch, will go anywhere I can find a good Italian, not pizza type place. Thanks.

      1. re: kmcdonne

        upscale to lowscale:

        Al di La - lots of posts already

        http://www.monalisabakery.com/

        Franny's - lots of posts already

        Joe's of Avenue U

        http://johnsfamousdeli.com/
        If I remember right, next door is a nice espresso bar and across the street is a Chinese supermarket.

        Alternatively you might go the Brooklyn Museum/Botonical Gardens/Brooklyn Public Library and then walk to Vanderbilt avenue. There there are numerous restaurants a few of which are Italian. I ate at Cataldo's once, pizza, but their steam table looked good to me. There are likely other posts.

        1. re: kmcdonne

          Queen, on Court St. near the Brooklyn Borough Hall, has been around a long time and I would definitely call it Brooklyn Italian (they even make their own mozz), but check to make sure that it's open weekends. If you're looking for a real neighborhood vibe, we recently had an excellent dinner at Il Colosseo in Bensonhurst. It's a restaurant and it also makes delicious pizza in their brick oven.

          Queen in pricey, Il Colosseo is more reasonably priced, but check out Menu Pages for specifics.

          1. re: kmcdonne

            I'd like to add Aurora Brooklyn to the list. They have one of my favorite lunches.

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            Aurora
            70 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

        2. I went to Il Colosseo last week for the first time and it was great. We had the portobello appetizer, two homemade pasta dishes, and cappuchinos. The pizzas looked great as did the meat dishes. The serve was fast and friendly and the prices were excellent. We plan on returning in the future.