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Nov 12, 2013 07:56 AM

LI Italian Sunday Night

We will be taking my Mother out for dinner this coming Sunday to celebrate her 80th birthday. If we could go to Arthur Avenue, I'd be all set, but my Mom lives in Massapequa. She can travel, but not too much; I think she could handle 15-20 minutes each way, but not a lot more than that. We will be a party of seven: my mother, my sister and her partner, my wife and I, and our two boys (12 and 13 and actually well-behaved, at least in front of company). We will be moderately well-dressed (ladies will be spiffed up; I'll wear jacket but no tie; boys will wear collared shirts and pressed khakis). We are looking for Italian: not so rarefied and intimidating that my 80-year old mother and teenaged boys will feel uncomfortable, but with food prepared with quality ingredients by someone who cares about what they're serving. A decent wine list and competent service wouldn't hurt either. I've done a search of this board already, and from what I saw it looks like I might be thinking about Luigi Q or Benny's if we were going on another night of the week, but they're both closed on Sunday. All suggestions will be highly appreciated.

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  1. For family style red sauce Italian, an option might be
    Steve's Piccola Bussola I
    649 Old Country Road, Westbury, NY
    It isn't the "high class" or "rarified", but fancy enough, and it surely isn't intimidating to teens or a celebrating "80-year old mother".

    1. Can't speak for the wine but the Butera in Seaford is suitable for your needs

      1. Arturo's in Bellerose is perfect. Free parking in back.

        1. Benny's. He's 86 and loves to greet guests, lavishing special attention on those closer to his age. The whole crew treats you like gold.

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          1. re: mcf

            It looks great, but their website says they're closed on Sundays.

            1. re: dnfuss

              Bummer. Steve's :Piccola Bussola is family style, Servers were very retro style, too. Food good.

          2. Testorosa, in Syosset, at the end of Rt 135 might fit the bill for you.