About 13-14 of us descended on Two Toms in Park Slope last night to partake in huge quantities of Italian food. First off, much thanks to Nina W., who arranged the whole thing, and also to Paul Lukas, who was a grizzled veteran and knew exactly what to order and how much. Most of us live in the Slope or environs (it was discovered that me, Nina, and Kat live a block & half from each other), but 1st prize for distance goes to Katie, who came all the way from Rego Park.
Two Toms has all the ambiance of a rec room, and is wood-paneled so it indeed looks like one. The majority of the patrons last evening were really big guys, and I believe one of said tables was hosting a birthday celebration. Beverages were limited to water, (cold) white and (even colder) red wine, and bottles of Bud straight from the cooler.
If memory serves me correctly, our dishes were as follows. Everything was served family-style.
Appetizers: garlic bread, mussels in wine & garlic, baked clams, roasted peppers with olives & little mozzarella balls, platters of ham, salami, & cheese, and a tomato and lettuce salad which remained largely untouched throughout the evening
Entrees: shell steak, filet mignon, pork chops, chicken marsala, shrimp fra diavolo, shrimp parmigiana, sole in a lemon sauce stuffed with shrimp & crab, cheese ravioli, and linguini with marinara sauce
A good time was had by all, and no one walked away hungry. Afterwards, some folks more intrepid than I went to Monte's nearby for coffee & cheesecake. I had a blast, and I'm definitely looking forward to the next Chowhound gathering!