Okay, so we're your typically terribly snobby New Yorkers who've been to Staten Island maybe three times in our lives, if that - Staten Island?!!!!! That is, until a dear friend of ours moved there. So we then looked in Zagat's for the best Italian on Staten Island, given that the borough is supposed to have good Italian food. Zagat's gave Trattoria Romana on Hylan Boulevard a 25 for food - above anything else on S.I. by far - so we went.
We waited in line for 75 minutes - the line and crowd of people out the door was ginormous. But let me tell ya - and who'da thunk that Staten Island would be home to amazing food - IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT.
We died and went to heaven. Among the best Italian we've ever had. The pastas were so fresh, so al dente - to die for. Best appetizers and antipasto imaginable. The salads, the sauces, the preparation, the food portions: Incredible. We've been there three times in the last five or so weeks; we cannot believe one of our favorite restos is in Staten Island.
The chef Vittorio, who is from Rome and has amazing credentials - treats everyone like family, walking the tables. The waiters encourage you to stay as long as you want. They serve, without asking, polenta and bruschetta to everyone as soon as you're seated.
It's also fairly priced. Pastas in the $10 to 15 or so range, other dishes $20 or so. For this kind of food, amazing.