Ornella Trattoria

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  1. Tenmoc
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    Ornella Trattoria. 29-17 23rd Avenue, Astoria. Idine for at least AA.

    Ornella's is a new Italian resturant in Astoria and quite honestly a gem. The owners are friends of my brother in law. We have been here twice for family diners as well as several solo trips or with out of town friends and have loved it. The restaurant is small but comfortable; we didn't feel cramped. The walls have painted murals to depict Italian street scenes. The walls are decorated in warm colors with colorful stained glass sconces on the walls. Ornella and her husband Giuseppe welcome every customer warmly; as if they are family. The menu has some Italian favorites and don't forget the specials. The food here is excellent and you can't go wrong with any item you chose. The portions are large, the prices are affordable, the food is incredible and fresh and the service is very attentive. What I really like about Ornella's is that you never feel rushed. You can relax and enjoy each course of the meal properly; savoring every bite.

    Once you have been seated and settled in; your drink order is taken. They now have a liquor licence but you can bring your own wine for dinner if you choose. The waiters bring delicious fresh bread and bruchetta to the table. The foccacia bread is delicious and the bruchetta is very tasty. The hardest part is choosing from the menu and the specials....there are so many delicious items. Each course is served without rush; you can enjoy your food and wine as if you are in Italy. I dislike the American way of rushing diners to eat quickly and vacate a tabel....you will not find that here ar Ornella. After a delicious meal, enjoy some of their tasty desserts and a cappucino or espresso.

    If you are in NYC; you must come to Ornella; it will be an memorable meal!

    The waiters brought over some incredible bruchetta and a bread basket to start. The bruschetta was excellent and the home made bread was incredible. I liked the rustic bread dipped in their extra virgin olive oil. Our wine was opened and water was brought to the table as we perused the menu. After deciding on some appetizers of fried calmari and clams oreganata we ordered our main dishes. I had the Seafod Risotto; Liz and Bessie had the gnocchi in a gorgonzola cream sauce, Rob had the Spaghetti omadoro and Marie and Bob had the penne with chicken. The appetizers we good but notheing to rave home about but my entree was incredible. The shrimp, clams, crabmeat and mussels were very fresh and the risotto was creamy and delicious. Everyone agreed that their entrees were very good especially Liz and Bessie who finished their plates before anyone else.For dessert a large platter was brought over with some italian cheesecake and Tiramisu. The cheeecake and Tiramisu was very good and we enjoyed stuffing more into our already full stomachs.
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    I would recommend this restaurant for its great atmosphere, god service and delicious food. It feels as if you are eating in Ornella's home and not a restaurant.

    My favorite dish is the Penne con Pollo. The pasta is very fresh and the chicken is delicious.
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    The appetizers here are very good especially the baked clams and fried calamari. Our last visit here Giuseppe brought out a plate of lightly battered and fried Sardines; they were excellent.
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    My wife loves their Gnocchi Gorgonzola. The gnocchi are nice and light while the gorgonzola cream sauce is creamy and thick.
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    Chris.... excellent review, thanks for sharing !!! I will have to put this down on my list for my next NYC trip.
     
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    BTW, great pictures !!!
     
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    Sounds very inviting, excellent review with some mouthwatering pictures! Thank you so much Ten!:) You had definitely a great time there!:)
     
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    Can you have the fried sardines overnighted to south florida?!?!;)
     
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    They're quite close to LGA so anything might be possible. :D
     
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    Great meal here tonight!

    Bruschetta was brought along with the bread basket. I don't care for it, but my wide said it was great. We started out with tomatoes and mozzarella (I forgot to take a picture before taking my share... Hence the half eaten pic below): very fresh tasting. Then we shared gnocchi with beef short ribs and Penne Integrali (Whole wheat pasta with oven roasted cherry tomatoes, basil, escarole, fresh mozzarella, garlic, parmesan cheese, extra virgin olive oil). Both were delicious. I think, technically, the gnocchi should have been a little fluffier and less "sticky" but I guess I am not a purist- I thought it was wonderful.

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    We skipped dessert and went around the corner to Rose and Joe's for cannoli... Also great!

    We will definitely be back. Very easy access off GCP.
     
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    Glad you had a great meal dmel. Thank you for adding some more pics to the thread.

    I haven't been in about a month since we took friends in from MEL, but hope to go again soon.
     
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