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Italian in Queens--neutral, uphill & downhill?

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Italian in Queens--neutral, uphill & downhill?

Janie | Oct 9, 2004 07:08 PM

Would like to hear from other Queens natives as to their favorite Italian places and reccomended dishes..
will go anywhere in Queens but prefer forest hills/rego park/corona vicinity...and am looking for places one can go on regular basis not super expensive, high end..

Forest Hills: STAY AWAY FROM:
Sarabella's (Metrop ave) Seriously bad as in will get you sick.

Pasta del Giorno (Austin St) overpriced-average to poor renditions of good sounding italian dishes...don't know how they stay in business...

Portofino (Ascan) Not good, and I mean not good. But, they pack them in, the buffett is very popular.

Forest Hills: DOWNHILL ALERT
La Vigna--several reports on chowhound and elsewhere about decline in quality and service over the past year, so enter at your own risk.

Forest Hills: PIZZA PLACE
Nick's ---always happy there, and really like the house salad.--but I wish they made pasta.

A&J--sometimes their slices are okay, their pasta is average, but it's not poison.

Emma's-Burnt down--too bad, because their pasta was sometimes pretty good...

Rego Park: Undiscovered little Gems
J&D Pizzaria on 63rd rd. The cook brings you out your meal himself, a wonderfully charming South American fellow, who knows how to cook with a very deft hand. He makes killer chicken parm, and wonderful pasta dishes with lots of sliced sauteed garlic. He will make whatever you feel like. Their meatballs are heavy and dense and spicy. Reliable and cheap. Nice fresh salad comes with dinner, good garlic knots, and big enough for 2 to share. Skip the dinner special with the wine and dessert, neither is worth it--just stick to the menu or whatever you want him to cook. It's like a sitcome every night with the same neighborhood regulars and the local cops--so you always feel safe. I've kept it a secret for awhile but decided to share this one, as I want to know someone else's secret!

Glendale: Still haven't been but gets great reviews:
La Tavernetta--little pricey for everyday place...

Recommeded but haven't been yet: Leone's on Cooper Ave

Corona: Old News, but pretty decent
Parkside: had really really good eggplant parmig there, and for the lunch special, it's a good deal.

Pork Store: Best CHicken Parm and Eggplant Parm sandwich, but you got to eat it in the park, or your car...but it IS THE BEST!

THANKS FOR THE INPUT!!

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