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“Great restaurant, great food if you choose carefully”
Review of Sapori d' Ischia - CLOSED

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Sapori d' Ischia
Price range: US$0 - US$35
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Child-friendly, Romantic
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Good for: Child-friendly, Romantic
Reviewed 13 November 2009

What a great restaurant - very high class but relaxed. To give you an indication, there was a food waiter, wine waiter, water waiter and glass waiter. Great decor and atmosphere.
We went there last Saturday (Nov 09), there was an unobtrusive 50s style singer/pianist, and the food ranged from sublime to doubtful (the latter being excellent produce well cooked but put together in ill advised combinations).
The artichoke starter was out of this world, I would go there again just to eat that, and the chocolate pudding/tart was excellent, a lovely soft melting chocolatey sponge (big enough to share, despite what the waiter advised), the charterhouse steak (24oz) with potato pie was wonderful, and plenty big enough for 2-3. The fettucine mixed at the table in a giant hollowed out parmesan was fun and not to be missed, though my portion had no cheese, garlic or truffle oil - so more mixing please, waiter. The rabbit was excellent but bloody. The tilapia cooked in breadcrumbs (why?) on a bed of undercooked fresh spinach with low-flavour walnut pesto tucked underneath the spinach would have been torn to shreds on Masterchef Professional - a disappointing use of tasty fish. The fish special with mussels was just that - fish and mussels, excellent but not a hint of veg. So, definitely go there, but choose carefully.
The final bill was surprisingly reasonable considering the menu prices and the vast quantities of bottled water we were plied with.
They take credit cards (though the menu states Amex only). And we booked in advance, the place was full when we arrived (Sat 8:00).

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Reviewed 2 September 2009

This place is one of the best Italian restaurants here in NY and luckily only a few blocks away from my place. You would never expect to find such quality food in such a desolate area. It is amazing for dates, often with live Italian opera singers serenading in the back, and the Valentines Day dinner there is quite romantic. I usually order the pasta with prosciutto and leeks, and the truffle pasta tossed and served out of a gigantic hollowed wheel of Parmesan cheese is quite an experience. They also have all types of authentic meats, pastas and cheeses for sale to take home. Ive spent a New Years dinner there, ($125 the year i went) and its a phenomenal time. While the food is top notch, be prepared to spend about $40-50 a person and id say the one drawback to this place is they only accept cash, so credit card diners head to the atm before coming.

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Reviewed 27 December 2008

Very reliable, good quality Italian in the middle of an industrial section of Queens.

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Reviewed 6 November 2008

"had a wonderful dinner thursday nite (no reservations). boyfriend and i split the beef carpaccio, i had the ravioli filled with osso buco and he had the short ribs. unbelievable, is all i can say. i'm not a rib person and shy away from having ravioli out, having grown up on them in a traditional italian household. the ingredients were incredibly fresh and i was sure to tell the owner we were thoroughly impressed. he had us join him in the bar area for a glass of prosecco. i asked the sommelier for advice on wine (be sure to give them a price point) and it was great. thursday nite provides opera singing. there were 3 performers who had varying styles and were beyond enjoyable. and about the water, who cares! if you don't like their style, don't go. their food is exceptional and the service sincere."

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Reviewed 27 January 2006

Despite the price ranges quoted, expect to spend a minimum of $40 per person unless you stick to the price fixed dinners sometimes offered.

The food here is wonderful, on the whole. It may be difficult to read the menu - the lighting is very poor at the back of the restaurant. The fettucine alfredo is a marvelous table-side production. The appetizers are uniformly good, wines offered are perfect. I don't recommend the rabbit, and the risotto is uneven.

The best thing is the music - operatic arias, show tunes and pop songs are offered by competent singers (check ahead - but this reviewer doesn't have a current schedule). In addition to this lovely entertainment, the polite and competent service makes this a very, very good restaurant experience, which can last the entire night - so think of Sapori d'Ischia as your evening's destination, not a dinner stop on the way to something else.

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