It's been ages since I schlepped out to Bamonte's--a trek that's even more complex when Queens is your starting point--but it was definitely worth the effort.
There's something about the room itself, aged, but not decrepit, that bodes well heading in. That's amplified by a friendly ushering to seat and prompt drink order taking.
We started simply enough: special mixed salad (greens with a smattering of tomato, onion, cuke and carrot, nicely dressed) and a special stuffed artichoke (nothing out of the ordinary, but done perfectly, with bits of crusty stuffing topping the ooze, and the choke itself cooked just right, short of mushy, but without a hint of toughness).
for mains, we opted for the rigatoni in vodka sauce, which was nice, and broiled scallops with bacon. the latter dish, my pick, was strange, but quie god, what with delicious scallops (a nice portion, halved) topped with three strips of bacon that could've been transported from a coffee shop breakfast.
we drank some wine and were given after dinner drinks on the house. total bill for two was 65 dollars.
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