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Reviewed August 30, 2021 via mobile

Loved this place! So welcoming! We are from NJ and needed a good place to eat before leaving our son at SJU. Italian is our favorite but to find true Italian is a blessing. Walked in a bit too early for opening but they welcomed...us in, set a table , and were so friendly! Focaccia bread was delicious and seasoned perfectly. The calamari was lightly fried to perfection: tender & full of flavor. Caesar salad was authentic . Penne vodka with shrimp had pasta that was al’dente , shrimp fresh. Pasta carbonara was full of flavor and the sauce was amazing. Thank you for a great, authentic Italian meal. Our place for the next four years!More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 31, 2020 via mobile

It was nice to return today to one of my favorite local restaurants since the pandemic in March. I dined outside on a Sunday mid-afternoon in great weather and just as I remember it in earlier times it was a lovely experience. Service and food...are always on point. Listening to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Andrea Bocelli helped also! ☺️All health protocol and social distancing is in place. The owner warmly greeted guests as per usual and that’s always a nice gesture. I highly recommend this place. Delicious carefully prepared food and very good service.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed October 28, 2019

stopped for dinner after seeing Lucie Arnaz @ the Little Theater @ St. John's-glad we did we had: egg plant parm hero; chicken monte carlo(chicken breast w asparagus, mozzarella sauteed in champagne sauce w mixed veggies w a glass of a nice sicilian white made...for an ample, good meal.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed March 23, 2019

This is a great Italian restaurant, just a block from the Carnesecca Arena gate of St. John's University. It's a simple place, the service is very friendly and the food is superb. The owner is visibly present and Mamma Acquista makes some of the dishes,...in particular the Tiramisu that is named for her. We ordered the eggplant Parmigiana and the sea bass. Both were excellent. And, yes, Mamma's Tiramisu does not disappoint--one of my best ever. Service is attentive, casual and exceedingly friendly. If you're somewhere in the St. John's neighborhood, this is the place to dine! (By the way, they offer 10% discount for St. John's students.)More

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed February 24, 2019

Tired this place before a basketball game and had a great meal at a very affordable price. Service was also great.....thank you.

Date of visit: January 2019
Reviewed January 29, 2019 via mobile

We knew this was a special Italian Restaurant when we entered smelling the mouth watering aroma of garlic, warm bread and olive oil. A warm welcome was offered by our server Samantha; she was efficient and professional in spite of a full buzy restaurant. Ice...water and warm Italian bread with EV00 and olives for dipping bread were immediately placed on our table. My husband had the Chicken Marsala. The chicken was moist and flavorful with a hint of lemon and garlic to enhance the flavor and of course delicious fresh mushrooms. The Marsala sauce was so scrumptious we had it over linguine and left not a drop having used our bread to slop it all up… So yummy my mouth is watering just writing about it. The Egg plant Parmesan covered in creamy fresh tasting mozzarella and a pleasant tomato sauce. I especially enjoyed their sauce due to the slight sweetness and background of basil and garlic. Neither flavors overwhelming the dish. Wine beer and cocktails were available. Street parking was a bit difficult, so please leave extra time during peak dining hours. Desserts were available however we were too full to enjoy. Prices were moderate.More

Date of visit: January 2019
Reviewed June 4, 2018

They pleasantly and professionally served 19 people without a hitch. The food was wonderful, as was the service. We had a ball!!

Date of visit: May 2018
Reviewed December 1, 2017 via mobile

Been eating too much Chinese and Parkside is packed at this hour. Started with a great pasta fagioli then baked clams which were legit LI clams and then had the gnocchi with red sauce and dice mozzarella. All in all it was a great dinner...and I am stuffed! Warm atmosphere for a corner place and attentive service. Don’t know why I can’t add pics. :(More

Date of visit: November 2017
Reviewed September 28, 2017 via mobile

This is a gem of a place in Fresh Meadows. Near St. John's University and Queens College, it's the perfect place for a quick meal with colleagues or friends. The food is absolutely delicious, although I think it's a little on the pricey side. Nonetheless,...I keep going back for the great food!More

Date of visit: September 2017
Reviewed June 5, 2017

Years ago, this was a terrific neighborhood pizza place; now its a great upscale Italian restaurant. Prices are in-line with fine dining in a casual Queens setting, but this place never disappoints. The food is consistently generously-portioned, high quality, and always tasty. The waitstaff are...attentive, but not overly responsive (viva New York!) We keep going back--its really the best food on Union Turnpike, whether you're a St.John's college student or a longstanding neighborhood resident (as are we).More

Date of visit: June 2017
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5