Chowhound Presents: Table Talk with Nadine Levy Redzepi of Downtime: Deliciousness at Home | Ask Your Questions Now ›

Restaurants & Bars

Outer Boroughs Queens

Aunt Bella's - Queens - I wanted to like it.


Restaurants & Bars 6

Aunt Bella's - Queens - I wanted to like it.

Wanda_Gorgonzola | Nov 19, 2006 01:56 AM

So,after passing this place, over the years, and seeing it pop up here (even lauded by some regular posters), I go there for dinner tonight. The kid requested Spaghetti and Meatballs....based on reports here, it seemed like a good bet for some old school red sauce faves.....

The overriding theme here is poor quality ingredients. Even a trained chef can have trouble making cheap, least-common denominator product taste anything but bad. Low prices just don't warrant bad quality.

Baked clams tasted old; I can only assume that they prep these too early???? Can you actually buy old clams? Dead Clams? Baked Mussels were shriveled & tiny and overwhelmingly doused with bad white wine. 2 shrimp on the hot antipasti were just nasty little knarly things and the eggplant rollatini was soggy and filled with tasteless ricotta-like cheese.

Veal Parmigiana was not edible (the meat had some funky undertaste that was scary, and it was just laden with an exceedingly sweet and tomato pasty red sauce; Shrimp scampi consisted of 6 off-tasting 31-40's, in an adequate, if overly lemony, sauce.

For me, the worst part: Bad Meatball. Very bad - ground to a pulp - full of filler- bad, bad meatball. The kid is 10 and deals with a chowish family that doesn't always give her a choice of restaurant/, her request turns out to be a total bust. As she so indelicately said: Big Suck. (Yes, she was chastised for the profanity, but my cheek is still sore from having to bite it to keep from laughing.

The staff were friendly and seemingly sincere. Oh, and the bread was warm and served with real butter. That's always nice. We didn't stay for dessert....

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound