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Tazzina's, a New Restaurant, Is Coming to Glendale

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According to the Times Newsweekly, a new restaurant, Tazzina's, will be going into what was briefly Giannino, which was, before that, La Tavernetta on 88th Street in Glendale. Here's the link for the initial article (please note that this article incorrectly gives the address as being on Myrtle Avenue):

http://www.timesnewsweekly.com/news/2...

Here's the link containing the address correction:

http://www.timesnewsweekly.com/news/2...

The chef will be New York native Jason Zukas, who appeared recently on the Food Network's "Chopped" TV show. According to the article, the new place will serve, "a multitude of Italian offerings prepared with a French flair."

Here's hoping that something delicious turns up at 75-01 88th Street!

Ciao,

Glendale is hungry...

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  1. thanks for the heads up..

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    1. re: janie

      Any updates on this restaurant? The building (75-01 88th St) still has a FOR RENT sign & there hasn't been any noticeable activity. We could certainly use a good restaurant around here.

      1. re: GlendaleGal

        I spotted them loading in new chairs/tables and I think dishes a few days ago...looks to be getting ready soon.

        1. re: GlendaleGal

          They are open now, but haven't had a chance to check it out. Maybe next week.

          1. re: bugleg

            Hi bugleg,

            I just drove by there 20 minutes ago and noticed the "OPEN" sign but you beat me in posting it. Awww shucks!

            ciao,

            Glendale is hungry...

      2. Went to Tazzina for dinner tonight. The food was very good. We shared the crispy calamari appetizer, then I had cavatelli, my husband had the branzino, For dessert we shared the molten lava cake. Everything was delicious. They do not have a liquor license yet-really would have liked a glass of wine with dinner. The menu is small, but I am looking forward to going back to try some of the other items. They are going to have Sunday Supper-meatballs, sausage and pasta-will definitely return to try that.

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        Tazzina
        75-01 88th St, Queens, NY 11385

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        1. re: fatcat57

          review today on neighborhood eats...looks fantastic...can't wait to try it..anyone else been?
          http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?sec...

          1. re: janie

            We went last night. It was really really good. Pasta was cooked perfectly. Seafood was sweet and fresh. The nutella lava cake was to die for. A bottle of wine was 21 bucks--can't beat that pretty much anywhere. Our waiter was helpful and kind and patient to our two-year old. It was a surprisingly good experience for the hinterlands of Glendale!

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            Tazzina
            75-01 88th St, Queens, NY 11385

        2. I finally made it here just before Irene arrived.

          Tazzina

          These days, there’s a lot of talk about experimentation and there’s a lot of talk about comfort food. Tazzina doesn’t have the usual suspects in the latter department (like mac and cheese or meatloaf) and I certainly didn’t grow up with Northern Italian food but to me this IS comfort food. It’s soooooo good. I also wouldn’t describe Tazzina as experimental. No, think classic, simple and delicious with modern twists.

          Now don’t get me wrong, I’m chomping at the bit to try that foie gras doughnut I’ve heard about but let’s face it, things like that, however interesting they might be, are novelties. They are not the staff of life. I don’t think you could live off of them and I don’t think you’d want to.

          On the other hand, I COULD live off of the food at Tazzina for quite a while, I think. Expertly balanced flavors, food made with confidence, good-sized portions. I’ve got to get back there soon.

          I polished off the phenomenal arugula salad with cannellini beans, roasted peppers, generous parmesan shavings and garlic—so satisfying. I then dug into the penne with eggplant and capers and although it was every bit as good as the salad I had to have them wrap it up as I was full (delicious breakfast the next day!). Sadly, I had to turn down dessert since I just would have been stuffing myself (although both here and on the Web Site That Shall Not Be Named, several people really liked the Nutella lava cake).

          The waiter was super—friendly, fast, accommodating, attentive but not a hovercraft. Absolutely perfect.

          My only criticism is very minor and is easily rectified. I thought the choice of music didn’t fit in with everything else. For me, Tazzina is fine dining at its best—lovely, warm, intimate surroundings, a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of food that both looks and tastes beautiful. I found the music to be a little too “modern” as strange as that may sound. I think it was some sort of classic rock. I never thought I’d hear myself say this but I’d recommend some Sinatra or Mel Tormé in the background—or maybe some laidback jazz piano or even something really Old School like music you might hear in an old Fellini movie. It should transport you away to a better time just like everything else.

          But, I digress. This is a wonderful place and I’m proud to say it’s in Glendale. (Finally!) Check it out. If they’re around, take your parents. They’ll love it too.

          Ciao,

          Glendale is hungry…

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          Tazzina
          75-01 88th St, Queens, NY 11385