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Nassau County Italian with Good Ambiance, Food & Prices?

I hate to admit it but after years of disappointment and dashed hopes my go-to places for moderately priced Italian restaurants with a lively ambiance, decent food and good prices in Nassau county have become Bertucci's and Papa Razzi, both in Westbury and both chains to varying degrees.

How could it be that a county so heavily populated with people of Italian decent can't produce a surplus of such restaurants?

Does anyone else feel this way? Can someone put me right about this?

Rockaways or Howard Beach

Howard Beach does technically have a beach although it's primarily used by people who need to store things they never want found. But there is a tenuous connection, I'll grant you that. I suppose there's Lenny's Clam Bar on the East side of Crossbay Blvd in the heart of Howard Beach. It's right along the Shellbank canal so you can actually see water. After dinner you can take a ride over the Crossbay bridge and park in one of the lots on either side. You can view the activity at JFK from the East lot and even walk along the "beach", although I'd recommend shoes for this one. It does have a quirky charm about it.

Aug 04, 2009
George329 in Outer Boroughs

Rockaways or Howard Beach

La Villa is a decent and attractive store-front pizzeria-restaurant in the somewhat long in the tooth Lindenwood shopping center. I've eaten at La Villa many times and I'd give it a favorable rating for a pizzeria type restaurant, although I think they have pretenses of being somewhat more of a restaurant than a pizzeria, and it's hard to argue against that. I recall the restaurant prices being somewhat elevated and the quality of the food and its preparation above average but not stellar. The ambiance in the dining room is modern and attractive but you're still eating in a store front restaurant. Why not consider the more upscale Parkside (Italian) restaurant in Corona, which is even be closer to you. It's got a mobby ambiance which your overseas friends might find intriguing and uniquely New Yorkish. For reasonable although not stellar seafood, why not considre Lonfon lennies on Woodhaven Blvd, which is closer to walking distance from Forest Hills.

Aug 04, 2009
George329 in Outer Boroughs