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Trattoria L'incontro Vs. Parkside Vs. Roberto for Birthday Dinner

shap89 Jan 9, 2013 10:46 AM

My birthday is coming up and I wanted to know which of these restaurants was best for food and which is best for ambience. The first two are in queens and Roberto is in the bronx.

Thank you

  1. Steve R Jan 9, 2013 02:31 PM

    I dont go to Roberto's but, of the other two, I think that the food at L'Incontro is a little better and more interesting. However, the old time ambience and overall atmosphere at Parkside gets me there way more often. If it was my b-day and those were the choices, I'd go to Parkside.

    1. johnk Jan 9, 2013 04:28 PM

      Never been to Roberto's but in regard to your two Queens options L'Incontro kills Parkside in the food category.
      If you want to have above average red sauce Italian Parkside fits the bill. There is no ambience at Parkside. Rocco and his staff at L'Incontro offer many food options (wood oven pizza, game dishes like Pappardelle with rabbit ragu, great grilled baby portuguese octopus, to name a few..) that are delicious.
      Make reservations for a weekend a couple of weeks in advance..

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        jeeg Jan 10, 2013 12:10 PM

        Roberto's is excellent and has the added benefit of a stroll around the neighborhood

        1. bobjbkln Jan 11, 2013 09:08 AM

          All three, along with Piccola Venezia (see related discussions linked at right, including one started by you, how many birthdays do you have in a year?) are regular birthday venues for Italian families. Of the 4, I prefer Roberto's for the food, but they do not take reservations and there is usually a wait and the tables are closer together than in the others. It is also a little more expensive.

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          1. re: bobjbkln
            wolmania Jan 11, 2013 12:14 PM

            I've had great meals at all four. In addition, Il Toscano Ristorante in Douglaston is excellent:

            1. re: wolmania
              lenorel57 Jan 14, 2013 12:32 PM

              I agree. Il toscano is the best. If there are 4 of you, you can ask for the little front room which seats only 4.

              I'm not sure you can make reservations at Robertos.

              1. re: lenorel57
                wolmania Jan 14, 2013 12:41 PM

                I'm pretty sure Roberto's does not take reservations but I have never had to wait more than 15 or 20 minutes for a table but I tend to dine later than most.

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            Pookipichu Jan 11, 2013 12:18 PM

            I really like the straightforward food at Parkside, it's comfort food. Trattoria L'Incontro can be overly ambitious at times. I also like the ambiance at Parkside (more windows and natural lighting) as opposed to the mural and tile at TLI. TLI is also more expensive. I'm going to second Il Toscano as a solid choice. Al Di La should also be considered. You won't go wrong at any of the above frankly. Haven't been to Roberto.

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              richg35 Jan 24, 2013 09:11 AM

              I've grown a little tired of L'incontro. The sports jerseys they now have hanging on the walls are cheesy and need to go.

              The whole "we have 30 specials" spiel has also grown old. The specials are pretty much always the same and have been since the place opened. Just put them on the menu already.

              It's also very loud.

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