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Howard Beach: Tastings at Vincent's Clam Bar and Prima Pasta

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Howard Beach: Tastings at Vincent's Clam Bar and Prima Pasta

Chicago Mike | Apr 22, 2004 04:42 PM

Recently dined at two Howard Beach venues. Tasting notes follow:

VINCENT'S CLAM BAR: Began w/ fried calamari appetizer with the house hot sauce. The nice and lightly fried calamari was covered with liberal amount of an authentic italian pepper sauce with whole dried red pepper. So far so good.

Chicken parmigiana. Zesty style... served w/ linguine and meat sauce. Enough for 3 solid portions. We both liked it and was very nice w/ the large goblet of chardonnay.

Tiramisu: so-so. Nicely soaked w/ frangelico but a bit "airy" and unsubstantial.

Overall this is an interesting little "glass box" of a restaurant sitting on the canal. A decent "Italian in the Hood" venue if you're in the area. Not super cuisine but solid for what it is.

PRIMA PASTA: We were heading to Sriraphai, even had chilled bottle of Riesling in tow, when we get a phone call to rendezvous with a friend in distress. So we can the trip to Sriraphai and head towards the Southern State Pkwy to meet her at Crossbay Exit... cruising Crossbay for a dining option, we're pretty under-dressed for La Nora or Matteo's. Passing Prima Pasta I recall seeing a mention of this place on this board so why not try.

Calamari: Heavy-breaded. Very plump. Great marinara dipping sauce. Good for a basic fried calamari.

Chicken Sorrentino: Salty... not appealing. Two big cutlets for $8.95.

Shrimp Parmigiana: So-so

Desserts: Commercial from an off-site vendor.

Overall the obvious appeal of this place is price. Numerous dinner dishes for $5.95, etc. Nothing memorable, not likely to return.

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