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La Vigna report: Solid Forest Hills Queens Italian

Chicago Mike | Jan 8, 2004 10:31 PM

My GF spied this place a few months ago and after inquiring on the board, a few positive responses prompted us to give it a try in mid December.

Overall, we were pleased, perhaps quite pleased, and would definitely dine here again. Solitary drawback is the somewhat questionable "value" which is probably manageable.

We're looking forward to more in-depth tasting of La Vigna vs. La Tavernetta and several other fine Queens italian restaurants.

2 Appetizers: calamari salad and a mixed "seafood bake" of some kind. The calamari salad was just great...served in whole pieces grilled over a nice mound of greens. Grilled with olive oil & herbs. Very tasty, enough said, but the pricetag at (from memory) 12-13 dollar range seems high though it's well enough for 2 persons. A similar calamari at Pizza Capri in Chicago would run 6.95.

The mixed/baked seafood was a generous portion of shrimp, mussels, clams, oysters nicely baked with a marinara-type sauce. Perhaps our least-favorite item but still tasty. Again a bit questionably priced for an appetizer in the 12+ dollar range.

Entree: had the chicken & prosciutto dish. Very delicious, well enough for 2 to share.

Half-entree: 3 of the "menu ravioli". From memory these were cheese and crab (might be mistaken there). Anyway, were just delicious with nice sauce. Lovely.

Wine: 3, MAYBE 4 glasses of house chardonnay which matched all the food items very well.

Dessert: Tiramisu. We're told was baked on the premises. Just fabulous. A large piece that initially has that "caky" look but is actually two creamy layers over delicately-drizzled ladyfingers. Served with chocolate-drizzled whip cream roses. Taste and texture make this the best tiramisu we've had to date in NYC... STILL SEEKING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BETTER !!

Overall pricetag with tax/tip was about $80 from memory. Somehow, my restaurant gyroscope tells me the meal should have come in more at the 60-65 range.

We had to doggybag about half the delicious chicken. 2 persons could easily do with ONE appetizer, One entree, and one dessert split unless they haven't eaten all day. Also we'd recommend the restaurant make some adjustments to get most of their appetizer pricing into the single digits.

But all-in-all a very pleasant food/wine experience with an awesome dessert.

Atmosphere is well-decorated, casual, roomy, not noisy despite a table of about 10 guys in the back at fairly full-party output.

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