I was asked on another board:
do you know if that italian place in (i think) bayside queens is still just as good? i went there with someone i suspect you know from muso circles (jennifer charles), having read your review on chowhound, and the clam sauce was as good as i've had since i was on the amalfi coast in italy. seriously!
I loved this place dearly (went every week for a while), but had two disappointing meals in a row and never went back. Which isn't fair...they were never super consistent, so I may have just been unlucky. It's the sort of place that's extremely extremely chef-driven. When the Magic Hands themselves don't cook your food, you don't get the all-essential touch....and the result's inert.
I know that there are a few people on this board who never liked the place much, and they've already added their feelings to the mix. But is there anyone out there who did share my high esteem for Il Vesuvio and can offer a recent report of downhill, uphill, or just hill...relatively speaking?