Queens - White tablecloth Italian for 60th Birthday Lunch/Dinner
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!
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.
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...
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.
Da Silvano on Yellowstone Blvd is an old school red sauce restaurant, small and very homey. Always full of families.