Queens >Food & Dining > Ponticello
4611 Broadway, Astoria, NY | Directions 1110340.756707 -73.913591
Mon. - Sat. 12am - 10pm;Sun. 12am - 9pm
Ponticello looks like a standard Italian restaurant from the outside, but it's in Astoria's Little Istria region and is run by (and to some extent caters to) natives of that northeasternmost region of Italy. Bordering on Slovenia, and as much a part of that region as of Italy, this is refined, heavy, somewhat bland food that is nevertheless made with great care. It's actually closer to what you might eat in Italy than the elevated version you might see in a restaurant such as Felidia.
Great Food – I went on my birthday with my fiance. We were treated with upmost attention and friendly service. What a wonderful place to spend quality time with someone special. I would go every weekend. The atmosphere is very authentic and romantice with a subtle and soflty lit up bar. The food is tasty and filling. Really nice place.
great restaurant – great food, great ambience and valet parking too.
Cafeteria food – I was amazed by what my fiance and I received when we went last night. We chose this place because of the Queens "Restaurant Week" promotion, thinking we would experience something new.
Admittedly, the employees were nice, except for our waiter, who seemed tired/uninterested/sour. Most of the patrons seemed to be about age 60-70, which is fine--not exactly a hip place, but that doesn't mean you can't have a great meal. Our selections were: 1. mussels w/ white sauce/mozzarella & tomatoes, 2. salmon w/ basil sauce/chicken special-sauteed w/ cheese 3. black forest cake/carrot cake.
The mussels were pretty good and so was my mozzarella, but halfway through the appetizers, the following events occurred: 1) the table next to us asked for oil & vinegar, 2) the busboy nodded and turned to our table, 3) instead of walking the 20 feet to the waiters' stand to get an extra oil/vinegar set, the busboy TOOK ours without asking if we were even finished--just Whoops! and our condiments were gone.
Now admittedly, this is not a huge faux pas if it's supposed to be a casual dining establishment/family atmosphere (or if the food had been great, we would certainly have overlooked it), but this is a white tablecloth restaurant!
The entrees were distinctly reminiscent of the Tuesday Lunch Surprise from elementary school: drowned in sauce, oily, droopy asparagus, some kind of white cheese on my chicken, some kind of tomato thing on my fiance's salmon....
For dessert/coffee, they did make a nice cappuccino, but the pieces of cake looked like a slice of those cakes you'd buy from the grocery store. I enjoyed my carrot cake, but if I'm spending $7-$8 on a dessert, I want it to be really good, not something I can get for $5 (for the whole cake!) at Trade Fair.
Our total was almost $90 for 2 people (3 courses w/ 3 drinks total)--and that was the special "Restaurant Week" promotion. Pretty expensive for something I can get from the cafeteria at work.
Great Food, Service & Atmosphere - Perfect for Any Occasion – I recently celebrated my birthday in the private wine cellar dining room. The food, service, and atmosphere could not have been better. The restaurant impressed all of my guests. Our dinners were expertly prepared and very delicious. The owners and staff were very hospitable. It turned out to be a memorable evening. It is the perfect place to celebrate any event or just an evening out for dinner. You will not be disappointed.
Parking is available right next to the restaurant. It is also very convenient by subway.
Best in Astoria – I LOVE this place. The stuffed shrimp is heavenly. My boyfriend has tried almost all the veal dishes and loves each one. The waiters/hostess are all nice and respond to you quickly. The tirimsu is the best in NY, if you ask me b/c of the creaminess and taste. It's just fantastic. They also don't skimp on the alcohol in their drinks either. It's in a pretty sketchy neighborhood, but I would travel a long way to go here. TRY IT. It's classy and also a great hometown restaurant where you'll quickly become a regular...
FRESH FACE ON OLDTIMER – Wineturtle loves the new look,but best of all the food has remained the same(or BETTER). The braised meat dishes all have that deep satisfing taste that tells no shortcuts taken.The expanded wine list showes value at the mid range an some value at the BIG BUCKS end. The Old School waiters know their stuff. they can steer you to a wonderful time trust what they say.Ask your waiter about the glasswine they seem to change them often. Owner Operated always a plus.Lunch timr is good time.
Best of Queens – Worth the trip. The total dining experience from a to z is spectacular. If you love osso bucco - this is the place.
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