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Italian Restaurant with Hearty Servings?

I'm looking to take my mother out this Friday just to show thanks for her always being there for me and helping me whenever she can. I want to take her to an Italian restaurant where she can eat the food she loves and not feel hungry after she has left. Money is not an issue, but a requirement would have to be that the servings aren't small. Is there any place like this in Brooklyn or Manhattan?

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  1. You'll need to also post this on the Manhattan board

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    1. re: chow_gal

      I didn't want to spam the boards with my request, that's why I didn't post in Manhattan as well, I tried searching for similar threads though, do you know of any in particular?

      1. re: infernodash

        Only Outerboroughs requests and answers allowed on Outerboroughs board. Only Manhattan requests and answers on Manhattan board. You have to post on each. You asked for both boroughs, that is why I said post on both boards.

    2. Looking for Italian-American? Suggest Frost or Cono and Sons, both in Williamsburgh.

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      1. re: bobjbkln

        Thank you, I am looking for Italian-American... Frost or Cono and Sons I will research them.

      2. L&B Spumoni Gardens

        L&B Spumoni Gardens
        2725 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11223

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        1. re: brickscoli

          Only if she wants to treat her Mom to MAJOR heartburn!

          Check out New Corner. Huge portions of basic I/A food

        2. Here's the thread you need to consult:


          In Manhattan, John's of 12th St. would work as would Piccolo Angelo, and, of course, Carmines if you want to go downmarket.

          1. For really good Italian food and hearty servings, it's hard to beat Queen, on Court Street in downtown Brooklyn. They make their own pasta, bread, and mozzarella (twice a day). In fact, the mozzarella is their signature dish. If you haven't tasted their mozzarella, you haven't had mozarella.

            The prices are on the high side, but not outrageous. The room is what you might expect in a shopping mall (not meant as a compliment), but everything else is on target, especially the food.

            Go and enjoy!

            1. aunt suzie's kitchen park slope 5th ave

              zio toto bay ridge

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              1. re: brickscoli

                Im going to assume the OP is a chowhound and wants to eat well, not just generic red sauce stuff, and not to pig out but to enjoy full plates rather than fashionably tiny servings.. From this perspective, several of the places recommended and also Frankies 457 would be fine but I really wonder at some of the more generic recommendations, I mean is Aunt Suzies worth the trip to Brooklyn vs some random pastaria in manhattan?

                Aunt Suzie's
                247 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                1. re: jen kalb

                  I think Frankies 457 is a good call here (we dont know if the op is coming from the city, and if they are Frankies 17 - on clinton st in manhattan - would be a good call). I do think their servings tend toward the smaller side but they are totally within the normal range.

                  Im a bit confused by the combination of "money is no object" and "we dont want to leave hungry". Order more?

                  Also, how can a request for Italian food in brooklyn have possibly made it this far without mention of al di la?

                  1. re: tex.s.toast

                    yea, al di la has ample servings and the food is very rich as well as good.
                    but most people wouldnt recognize it as italian american

                    1. re: jen kalb

                      did I miss the part of the original post where the OP requested italian american? (ETA oooh there it is in the follow up)

                      I've never been but you could search the manhattan board for reviews of torrisis italian specialties in the city.

              2. I want to thank everyone for their responses. I know I wasn't informative enough in my original post but you all helped me to get across what I was in search of. I am in Brooklyn and have compiled all the restaurants in my list but tonight I think I will lean towards the Queen, I promise my other posts will be more elaborate and I also hope to be a contributing member of the forums. Thanks for the great start chowhound...

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                1. re: infernodash

                  sounds like an excellent choice to me! enjoy your dinner!