I little slice of heaven, or your Nona's dining room.
What can I say, Aunt Bella's is not just a restaurant, it's an institution. If you grew up in the Little Neck - Douglaston - Bayside area, you knew that Friday night pizza was coming from there. Your family went there to eat on the same night of the week every week your entire life. They catered your graduation party, and you had your baby shower there. Joanna and Diane can always be found there greeting you with smile, and they should be, at this point they have known you since you were a baby. Until you were old enough to go out on your own, you only thought tomato sauce tasted as rich, tart, and fresh as it did on your Chicken Parm and Spaghetti and you are yet to find a place that can compete. I for one used to freeze the stuff and bring it upstate to college with me. They are always willing to make your food exactly as you want it, even if its not on the menu. Order the Baked Clams, but remember to soak up the juice with their fantastic bread. Vodka sauce, Eggplant Parm, and Chicken Francaise are outrageous, and with portions so big, leftovers make a great lunch the next day. If you havent been, your missing out!
Aunt Bella's Does it get any better?.
Some twenty years ago a musician friend of mine bragged about this inexpensive italian restaurant he knew, built into the side of a hill, that was soooo GOOOOOD.
It was called Aunt Bella's. So I went. And it was better than good. The food was GREAT!!! And like my friend said it was very reasonble. What a find.
Besides the food, the ambience reminds one of being in your grannie's dining room. And the staff...Joanna, Debbie...so nice.
Over the years this place has become a second home and the staff have become friends. I'll always keep going there and I tell all my friends to try it. Hey I bring my parents there and they love it too.