I'm planning a trip out to Arthur Avenue with 8 friends for lunch on Saturday in a few weekends. My wife and I live in Manhattan but most of the others are from out of the country. We've been to Roberto's a bunch of times and love it but they are not open for lunch on Saturday and they don't take reservations. I found Pasquale Rigoletto Restaurant which is mentioned on another post but I also found it didn't have the best reviews. We're happy to pay up for a nice meal. Another twist - most of the folks coming are vegetarian so steak houses or fish houses won't work but any general italian place with pasta would. Any suggestions?
Also - to get dessert after lunch any recommendations of which of the many pastry shops to go to?
Thanks so much in advance for your advice!