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Suggestions for 60th Anniversary - Italian - Brooklyn

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  • myjo Sep 20, 2010 10:01 AM
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Hi!

It's my parents' 60th and I was hoping someone could suggest a really good Italian restaurant that is suitable for the occassion.

This will be a luncheon. There will be 24 in our party with ages ranging from the high 80's to 7 yrs of age. I'm aiming for Oct. 23rd.

The entire family used to live in Brooklyn but we've all scattered to the four winds so I'm really not up to the latest on such places.

GARGIULO's in Coney Island comes to mind. Any opinions on this establishment?

Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

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  1. Gargiulo's has some supporters on the board, but I find the food medocre at best. If you don't mind nearby Queens, I would suggest Piccola Venezia in Astoria. It's most Northern Italian, but does have a red sauce dish or two. In Brooklyn, Frost is excellent, primarily red sauce dishes. I also like Queen on Court St. A mixture of both red sauce and more sophisticated Italian dishes. I think that you probabably could get a reservation for 24 for a Saturday lunch in the Brooklyn ones, and almost assuredly get one in PV.

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

    Queen
    84 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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

    Frost
    193 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

    1. I would add two less-old school/traditional spots to your list, both excellent contenders in the borough's best Italian category...

      Noodle Pudding in the Heights -- not open for lunch, but they are available for private parties during the day. Excellent N. Italian in a classic trattoria setting.

      Also, Frankie's Spuntino in Cobble/Carroll. They also can do private parties and have an event space, although they might be able to accommodate you in the main space as well.

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      Frankies 457 Spuntino
      457 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

      Noodle Pudding
      38 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      1. Tonio's on 7th Ave in Park Slope.
        I had my Birthday party with 25 people in the back room in August and it was WONDERFUL!!!
        I've also had the dinner after both my Mom & my Mother-in-law's funeral at Tonio's and was extremely satisfied.

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        Tonio's
        306 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

        1. It can get noisy, but Il Colosseo on 18th Ave and 77th St in Bensonhurst has a side room usually filled with families. Were there Saturday and were surrounded by 2 batches of Italian birthday parties (one was for a nonna). Food is excellent, straightforward: nice brick oven pizza, grilled fish, good pasta (the best linguine vongole I've had recently), wide range of starters, from grilled octopus to caponata. Sicilian owned, with cheerful, energetic service. Try calling about your relatively large party.

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          Il Colosseo
          7704 18th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11214

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          1. re: bob96

            Not really appropriate for a 60th anni celebration....

            1. re: Tay

              Maybe you're right--might not be comfortable. An old school alternative that might be, and is open for lunch, is Bamonte's in Willamsburg. Old Brooklyn at its most atmospheric.

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              Bamonte's
              32 Withers St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

              1. re: bob96

                Yes, Bamontes, Queen or Frankies 457 would be my top choices, Frankies being the most sophisticated of the bunch.

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                Bamonte's
                32 Withers St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

                1. re: bushwickgirl

                  Frankies is very nice but I think it is too small and loud for this multigenerational group altho I think they may have have a party room out back that this group could take over.

                  1. re: bushwickgirl

                    Bamontes would be a good choice if the food were better.. But the food is simply not good.

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                    Bamonte's
                    32 Withers St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

            2. Here's an old school Italian in Bensonhurst:
              http://www.tommasoinbrooklyn.com/

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              1. re: Sluggo1407

                I second Tommaso.

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                Tommaso
                1464 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11228

                1. re: psnative

                  Frankies 457 is excellent, but probably a bit hip for a crowd that age. Also, not sure they take reservations. I think your best bet is Tommaso. Quite a scene, and a few of the dishes -- the osso bucco and the duck sausage in particular -- are outstanding. Its not Babbo or anything, but definitely several notches above typical red sauce fare.

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                  Tommaso
                  1464 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11228

                  1. re: ropa vieja

                    when we were last there (group of 8) they took a reservation - maybe there is a minimum group size. but like I said above, Frankies is probably too loud for an older group. Possibly better at lunch? We were in the garden but that might not work in late October

              2. I know that Little Italy seems like a tacky place to send someone for such a milestone anniversary, but Benito II is by far the best Italian restaurant I've eaten in stateside. I spent four months living in Italy and this place is the most authentic food and meal style (aka relaxed and prolonged) I've had since I've been back in the US. It looks like a little hole in the wall but it's delicious and I highly recommend this place, here's the website.

                http://www.benito2.com/

                1. not brooklyn but not too far is parkside in corona queens ... ask for the marilyn monroe room which upstairs from the main part of the restaurant ... more than appropriate for the type of celebration you are having.

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                  1. re: ericalloyd

                    If you can get to Corona (short drive via LIE), Parkside is probably the your best bet. Great ravioli.

                  2. If you are still looking I would suggest La Locanda 432 Graham ave 718-349-7800. They have a lovely back room for private groups. I had my daughters college graduation dinner there. They served everything family style. It is a family run place and they treat everyone like you are part of their family. I had ages infant to 82. It is all one level. I had 30 people and there was plenty of room.

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                    La Locanda
                    432 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

                    1. fugetaboutit, da spumoni garden http://www.spumonigardens.com is the only place in brooklyn you should think about its far superior to gargiulo's and if as you say your family's originally from brooklyn there no way they did eat here at one time or another, I personally recommend everything on the menu, from their own unique take on the sicilian slice, (sauce on the top) to the rainbow spumoni, I did my dad's 80th birthday for 24 people and it was da bomb,

                      1. I'm way late on this, but I'll chime in.

                        Considering they're from Brooklyn, I'm sure they'd prefer eating there. Frost in Williamsburg is a good choice for reliable old school Italian American cuisine. A lot of people love their seafood, but I actually go for their Chicken Contadina. Queen in Brooklyn Heights is great and does both old school and new school Italian cuisine, but a lot of people just stick to the specials menu there and thats all I've really ordered off of (it can also get a bit pricey). Tommaso in Bath Beach is another place that can walk the line between new and old school cuisine, and considering their great wine list and the singing owner for entertainment, I'd definitely look into it. Finally for just excellent old school food I'd reccomend La Palina in Bensonhurst above all others, I'm a bit biased here because my family has been going for ~50 years, but it also has a pretty large following if you search online (although not really on Chowhound). If you wants food reccs for that, just message me.

                        I don't care for Bamonte's (overly kitchy and food isn't good), Il Colosseo isn't a good fit for this sort of occasion as others said, La Locanda isn't that good, and Spumoni Gardens is...well, Spumoni Gardens

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                        Il Colosseo
                        7704 18th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11214

                        La Palina
                        159 Avenue O, Brooklyn, NY 11204

                        Bamonte's
                        32 Withers St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

                        Tommaso
                        1464 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11228

                        La Locanda
                        432 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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                        1. re: razeup

                          what do you like at La Palina??

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                          La Palina
                          159 Avenue O, Brooklyn, NY 11204