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A Sunday, on Arthur Ave, with Reservations

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therenowtoo Jun 8, 2010 08:15 AM

Hi! My brother is coming to visit over Father's Day weekend, and we have tickets to the Yankees/Mets game on Sunday afternoon, June 20th. We were thinking about going to Arthur Ave for dinner afterwards (I've never been).

In searching the board for recommendations, I discovered that lots of places are closed on Sundays. We are looking for somewhere that is open (obviously), has excellent food (can be "red sauce" Italian American -- that's what we are, that's what we grew up on, and we love it), and that takes reservations (neither of us has the temperment to wait an hour or more for a table).

Based on what I've read here, so far my thoughts are Pasquale's Rigoletto and Tra Di Noi. Neither of these seems to have websites though (at least, that I can find; help??), so I haven't been able to confirm that they're open on Sundays and take reservations. Any information, thoughts, or recommendations between the two would be much appreciated! (I promise to report back!)

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Pasquale's Rigoletto
2311 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

Tra Di Noi
622 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458

  1. c oliver Jun 8, 2010 08:22 AM

    http://www.roberto089.com/

    We've eaten at Roberto's and his other restaurant, Zero Otto Nove, is on Arthur Ave. Our lunch at Roberto's was fantastic so I bet the other is also.

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    Zero Otto Nove
    2357 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

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    1. re: c oliver
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      therenowtoo Jun 8, 2010 08:50 AM

      Thanks. My understanding is that neither takes reservations and that Roberto's isn't open on Sundays. Hopefully someone will correct me if I'm wrong?

      1. re: therenowtoo
        c oliver Jun 8, 2010 08:59 AM

        Oops. Just checked their sites and you're right on both counts. Sorry about that.

    2. bobjbkln Jun 8, 2010 11:13 AM

      Pasquale's is a "red sauce" as you can get. Here is a link to their menu: http://www.allmenus.com/ny/bronx/52461-pasquales-rigoletto-restaurant/menu/
      I also like Mario's for red sauce. They take reservations and have a website: http://www.mariosrestarthurave.com/

      There is a merchant list on the merchants' Assn. website: http://arthuravenuebronx.com/merchant...

      enjoy.

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      1. re: bobjbkln
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        therenowtoo Jun 9, 2010 06:13 AM

        Thanks! Just to be clear, it doesn't HAVE to be red sauce, I was just meant it certainly can be so long as it's a good rendition. For us, "red sauce" isn't a bad thing though for some I know it is.

        I read a lot, lot of reviews here that said Mario's had gone downhill/was a tourist trap. Has that not been your experience?

      2. Striver Jun 9, 2010 05:34 AM

        I've enjoyed Tra Di Noi, and I believe they take reservations, although I don't know if they're open on Sundays.

        For solid traditional Italian-American fare, we also like Enzo's on Arthur Ave.; so far as I can tell they take reservations and are open on Sunday.

        http://www.usmenuguide.com/enzosarthu...

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        Enzo's
        2339 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

        Tra Di Noi
        622 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458

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        1. re: Striver
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          therenowtoo Jun 9, 2010 06:14 AM

          Thanks! I'll definitely check out Enzo's as well.

          Among Tra Di Noi, Pasquale's and Enzo's, which would you choose?

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          Enzo's
          1998 Williamsbridge Rd, Bronx, NY 10461

          Tra Di Noi
          622 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458

          1. re: therenowtoo
            Striver Jun 9, 2010 06:57 AM

            First, let me say that we most often eat at Roberto's (which, as you know niether takes reservations nor is open Sundays), and also like Zero Otto Nove (waits there aren't usually too long, but Father's Day may be a different story).

            That said, I've never been a big fan of Pasquale's, although it has its fans. Tra Di Noi is a more interesting place, kind of quirky ambience but with very good food (the chef's specialities are Roman dishes - and definitely check the specials if you go); OTOH, for classic Italian-American dishes, I think Enzo's will do just fine.

            BTW, in regard to another poster, I'd say that Mario's definitely gets a heavy tourist crowd, but IMO, it always has; haven't eaten there in quite a while, so I can't say whether it's gone downhill or not.

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            Zero Otto Nove
            2357 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

            Tra Di Noi
            622 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458

            1. re: Striver
              t
              therenowtoo Jun 10, 2010 06:34 AM

              Thanks for the further info Striver.

              1. re: therenowtoo
                Striver Jun 10, 2010 07:26 AM

                Just note that there's another Enzo's in the east Bronx on Williamsbridge Road; the one I'm talking about is on Arthur Ave south of 187th.

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                Enzo's
                2339 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

        2. t
          therenowtoo Jun 21, 2010 11:35 AM

          We ended up as Pasquale's, and had a nice time. We were both starving by the time we arrived. They seated us promptly, and gave us some bruschetta, parm, and bread to start. Bruschetta and parm were very good, bread mediocre. I ordered the pasta with peas and prosciutto, my brother got the penne arrabiata. My dish was a solid rendition of an old favorite. It was rich, creamy and very satisfying. My brother really enjoyed his dish as well, but when I tasted it all I could taste was the heat. Service was FAST and polite. All in all, I have nothing to rave about, but also absolutely nothing to complain about. Probably won't go back, but that's just because our short walk up and down the block revealed a bajillion other restaurants (and pastry shops!) that I want to try.

          Thanks for the feedback everyone!

          1. s
            soundsource May 4, 2011 11:33 AM

            Tra Di Noi, open Sundays and they take reservations

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            Tra Di Noi
            622 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458

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