Local Astoria Italian


August 31, 2012 by Emily Pergament

Bartolino’s, Astoria Broadway’s best Italian restaurant for many years. You know it’s good because they close it down to visit Italy for three weeks every summer.

At Broadway and 35th Street in Astoria, there are two Italian restaurants on opposites sides of the street. On the north side is Bartolino’s, which was probably opened a few days after the first Italian immigrant discovered northwest Long Island. The meals there are long, reasonably priced, filled with all the classics, and topped off with a grizzly but lovable maitre’d/waiter who will give you a free limoncello after dinner if you order wine or go with a groupon.

The other is Donato’s, on the south side, which was opened a few months ago. Let’s just say Bartolino’s has nothing to worry about.

Shrimp Fra Diavolo at Donato’s

That’s not to say our dinner there was not good. We both had seafood pasta dishes. Emily had grilled calamari marinara and I had shrimp fra diavolo. The sauce was spicy but not too spicy, and the calamari were a good texture. It just did not have the same family feeling as Bartolino’s. Our waitress asked us weird questions that I cannot really replicate in writing. She also asked us how our entrees tasted literally two seconds after they were placed in front of us before we could even pick up a fork. Again, it was a pleasant enough meal, but if you want Italian at Broadway and 35th, and Bartolino’s isn’t on its annual summer hiatus, then that’s your place.



5 thoughts on “Local Astoria Italian

  1. Mark says:

    I saw those just the other day and was considering checking out Donato’s soon – glad I know now to hit Bartolini’s first instead.

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  3. Jillian says:

    Why wouldn’t you just go to Arthur Ave?

  4. These places are only a few blocks from our apartment. But yes, I’ll take a chicken parm hero from Tino’s and calamari from Dominick’s if you’re making a trip up there. :-p


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