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manducati's - eh.

tracyk | Mar 11, 2003 11:54 AM

went for the first time last nite. i think this is the first time that chowhound has led me astray!

the food was okay. started with baked clams, which were fine. a little fishy. very greasy. not good, not bad. mediocre bread that tasted like grocery store bakery bread.

our entrees were pretty good. husband had veal parmigiana w/penne. veal was great. sauce was just so-so. the side of penne was unremarkable and the red sauce was bland.
i had the pasta special with white beans, fresh tomatoes and mussels. it was really good, even if there were only 6 mussels and one was closed.

just had the house wine, which tasted like grape juice. and finished with a cannoli. really good, but not as 'cheesy' as they usually are and a lot sweeter.

service was slow. we had 2 waitresses. one nice enough and one very curt and not so nice.

someone on the boards had said this place was romantic, but i wouldn't even go as far as charming. it was just dingy -- not at all the warm, old school italian atmosphere (like bamontes) that i was expecting.

our meal cost us 80 bucks, which seemed pretty high for what we got and for being in queens. i think next time we'll stay in the neighborhood and go to ariels.

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