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our kitchen is being renovated and we've been eating out A LOT! for some reason we've been gravitating toward classic red sauce italian joints but have hit a number of fabulously atmospheric but culinarily awful places in brooklyn. Please tell me your choices for good red sauce joints where the food is really good. a great chicken marsala and a good bolognese sauce are my standards.

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  1. Very interesting,, going through the same issue. we have had our place being renovated for the last year... we have 2 months left..La Palina is very good. Get the chicken scarpariello.. So, so good.. Red sauce is very nice there.. Open since 1930 I believe..

    I would also highly, highly, recommend Joe's of Avenue U.. This place is Sicilian.. I would get the pasta with Sardines, I had the veal marsala which was pretty spectacular.

    The next place were are to try is gargiulos over in Coney Island.

    We went to Rocco's Calamari and found it to be good.

    I would avoid Bamontes.

    I would avoid Patricia's.

    What is your favorite Red Girl.

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    Joe's of Avenue U
    287 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11223

    Bamonte's
    32 Withers St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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    1. re: Daniel76

      Ate once at Gargiulo's and were not impressed.

      1. re: buttertart

        I loved Gargiulo's in the 1980's. The classic red sauce dishes were first rate and the Good Fellas atmosphere was a bonus, as were the giant goofy looking octopi in the ceiling.

        I went back a couple of years ago, dragging along a friend with promises of great food, giant cephalopods, and mafiosi sightings. I struck out on all three. While the antipasto was decent the entrees tasted like the worst type of steam table wedding food. Just awful stuff.

        The octopi were long gone and the crowd was tamer than I remembered. Gargiulo's, RIP.

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        Gargiulo's
        2911 W 15th St, Brooklyn, NY 11224

        1. re: Bob Martinez

          Steam table wedding-like food is exactly what we got.

    2. It's been a while for us, but we've never gone wrong at Queen, on Court Street in downtown Brooklyn. Everything is homemade, including the bread and pasta, and their sauces range from good to superb, IMHO.

      Happy hunting, and good luck with the renovations.

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      1. re: BrookBoy

        We love Queen. Would that we were closer!

      2. I second Queen!

        Also, Frost in Wiliamsburg. Possibly Cono's Pescatore, too, although I prefer them for their takeout-onl heroes off the kitchen side window.

        Fiorentino's (never been -- mixed reviews)

        Da Tommaso

        Ferdinando's (not so much red-sauce, but Sicilian and old-fashioned and delicious.

        Colandrea New Corner

        How about going to Queens: in LIC, Manducati's and in Astoria, Piccola Venezia.

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        Piccola Venezia
        42-01 28th Ave, Queens, NY 11103

        Fiorentino's
        311 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11223

        Manducatis
        13-27 Jackson Ave, Queens, NY 11101

        Colandrea New Corner
        7201 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11228

        Tommaso
        1464 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11228

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        1. re: lazylghtng

          I second Frost. One of my favorite restaurants.