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Jul 10, 2012 01:40 PM

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. ... ...

            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.