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Italian Flushing Find (Allan?)

Lisa Antinore | Dec 7, 199710:40 AM     9

Allan, Jim's told me you're from the neighborhood.. I'm wondering if you've ever been to Cafe Italiano (a spiced up pizzeria basically) in the Rockbottom Shopping Centre on Northern Blvd at 156th Street. I've gone there for a bunch of better-than-average lunches with teachers from school, however last night I took my family there for an early,quick,local supper (we were feeling Asian-fooded-out). We usually don't go out for Italian because nothing can (we're a bit immodest, I suppose) beat the Italian peasant dishes we've been cooking at home forever and we usually spend the whole meal thinking we could have done it better at home. Even though we could have easily replicated any of the dishes we enjoyed last night, I thought them to be extremely fresh, well prepared and incredibly low-priced. I had a Swordfish Milanese that was delish, my Dad had grilled porkchops with rosemary and olives in a wine-accented sauce and my Mom had a very nice shrimp fra diavlo (nice sized, crisp shrimp) We ordered baked clams that were excellent, an order of broccoli di rape that was sweeter than most , and a plate of calamari (I've had more tender, but still pretty good). Everything came with a mediocre house salad (I'm not a huge fan of iceberg...) The place was packed and when we left there was a line outside. The best part was they gave us a nice portion of the delicious assorted pizza-breads they put on the tables to take home because my Mom liked them so much!! It's no Felidia, San Domenico, or Cucina, but its pretty good .....

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