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Queens - White tablecloth Italian for 60th Birthday Lunch/Dinner

Hi Board:

I'm planning my mother's 60th Birthday Dinner this summer and I'm looking for an old-school, white tablecloth traditional Italian in Queens that is a combination of fancy(dress-up) and comfortable. Want to be sure that she and and her friends feel like they're having a nice time out while also making sure that the Manhattan snobs (myself included) will be pleased with the food as well. Cost no object and would have done it in the city but she insists on not straying far from home. Thought about Trattora L'incontro (haven 't been) but wasn't sure if she'll think it's sophisticated enough (she really has a thing for white tablecloths).

Suggestions? Advice? Help!

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  1. i always find Piccola Venezia to be a good special occasion place. it's certainly white tablecloth, even if some of the patrons aren't always dressed to the nines. and i think the place serves some of the best old-school, non-red sauce Italian around. the fuzi is fantastic, and the fish preparations, especially daily specials, are great. a good wine list, too.

    1. Hi Citrouille10,

      Tazzina in Glendale is essentially northern Italian and it IS white table cloth, comfortable, with great food and warm service. Plus, portions are plentiful. It's not a large restaurant, so I would recommend making reservations just to be safe.

      My mother (older than 60) adored it.


      Glendale is hungry...

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      1. re: Glendale is hungry

        Agree with your recommendation of Tazzina. Great food & service. Jason (the chef) is on vacation until July 12th. (In case you get no answer when you call.)
        Happy Birthday to your Mom, Citrouille10!


        1. re: Glendale is hungry

          Is Tazzina in the location of the original La Tavernetta?

          1. re: prio girl

            Hi prio girl,


            75-01 88th St
            Glendale, NY 11385

            Hope you check it out.


            Glendale is hungry...

            1. re: Glendale is hungry

              Thanks for reminding me that it's there. I was going to check it out when it opened and then I forgot all about it. From the photos on the website, it looks like they decorated it nicely. The menu looks very good.

          2. re: Glendale is hungry

            Thanks "GIH",

            I'm hoping to do Tazzina if I can get my sis on board. Agree that the food is great. Appreciate your suggestion.

          3. Vetro will satisfy on all counts. Snobs will be impressed too. ... ... http://www.vetronyc.com/

            1. Arturo's in Bellrose is one of our favorites.

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              1. re: Motosport

                I have heard good things about Russo's on The Bay restaurant VETRO on Jamaica Bay. And it has a nice view. Not close to Public transit though.

                A cute place where I have always enjoyed the food is Il Toscano in Douglaston. It is still the Queens part of Douglaston, but a plus is it is across the street from the Doulgaston LIRR stop and it has plenty of parking as a result.

              2. Da Silvano on Yellowstone Blvd is an old school red sauce restaurant, small and very homey. Always full of families.

                1. Well, Parkside is always an option if it's the more formal type of place you're looking for. Certainly a lot of opinions on this board for you to judge by. I haven't eaten there in a while, but I thought the food was very good, if the service a bit starchy for my taste. But that might be what your mother has in mind.

                  We had a 90th bday party for my mom recently at Manetta's in LIC, and everything about it was excellent. Several of my food-snob relatives were blown away by it. But IMO it doesn't have the more formal atmosphere that it sounds like your mom and her friends would prefer. We had the whole restaurant, so everyone looked mighty spiffy, but in my observation as a neighborhood place on a normal night, it comfortably accommodates both dressier and more casually dressed diners.

                  When we were vetting places for the party we tried L'Incontro. I really didn't love it, though I was hoping to after the raves I'd heard. My recollection, admittedly hazy a couple of months after the fact, was that a lot of the dishes were "fancied-up" with one cheese or another. That never impresses me. The meal we had was not memorable. But I recognize that it has a lot of fans, so ymmv. It's certainly got a nice atmosphere.

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                  1. re: Helen F

                    Thanks for the info. I lthought the food at Parkside was good but could not get over the Marilyn Monroe room (though I'm sure my mother would love it - sigh). Really appreciate the info re L'Incontro.

                  2. Il Toscano in Douglaston is one of the best Italian restaurants in Queens.Rather expensive; but they have a price fixed dinner on Sunday. It is by the lirr station and you can park there for free. parkside is good; but it's better if they know you and you tip the maitre'd.
                    Piccola Venezia is also good. L'incontro is very large and very noisy. Food is good.

                    1. Manducatis duh. If you can find it.

                      1. Took my mom to Manducatis Rustica for her 60th and it was fabulous. There were ten adults with varying degrees of dietary restrictions (veg, lactose intolerant, gluten allergy, etc.) and they were able to accommodate everyone. White tablecloth (though slightly more laid back than their sister restaurant Manducatis around the corner), tight friendly service, delicious food.