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“Best Italian in LIC” 5 of 5 stars
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Manetta's Ristorante
10-76 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 786-6171
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Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Pizza & Pasta
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 49 th and 50 th
Transit: Vernon Blvd - Jackson Av (7, 7X) 21 St (G) Hunters Point Av (7, 7X)
manhattan beach, ca
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Best Italian in LIC”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Went to Manetta's for the first time and was blown away with the great food and service.
Hands down the best Italian in town.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
San Francisco, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Sitting on expired laurels”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

My siblings have resided in a nice old LIC loft apartment for well over 20 years now. Manetta's is a block away. For many years it was the HQ for family gatherings & reunions. We had group dinners there (from 6 to 20 people) at last once a year for at least 15 years. It was always great.
Then it was good. Then it was disappointing. Then we went elsewhere. When LIC was a workingman's secret, Manetta's was authentic Italian home cooking...and family service. Every dish came out of the kitchen steaming hot from the oven or the pot. Pasta, always fresh & aldente. As the 'hood changed & grew, Manettas, as the Neighborhood Senior, had 'automatic audience'. They got lazy. Red sauce on the plate had a water ring on the edge. Pasta overcooked. Everything seemed 'heat-lamp fresh'. Sadly we had to admit...just like the rest of LIC the authenticity had disappeared. There are new places; better places. Manetta's sits on its (expired) laurels.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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BOTHELL
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13 restaurant reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“A Somewhat Slow Start, But the Finish Was Super!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

Entered at 6:30 PM. The receptionist was the only visible person at that time, with maybe three customers at the bar. Patrons and other staff seemed absent. About five minutes after we sat down, a staff member appeared, and we ordered drinks. The drinks seemed slow to arrive, given the absence of customers. Anyway, the food was outstanding, and over the course of the meal, the service did improve, and the local crowd did in fact show up. By about 8 PM when we left, the place was humming along well. Highly recommended for the food and superb LIC location!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“The perfect Italian restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

A good Italian restaurant to me means not only delicious food but a lively, convivial, and not formal atmosphere. Manetta's was perfect. The food and wine were very good, the service excellent, and our waiters, other staff members, and even the owner's son were outgoing and friendly.

We were staying in Long Island City to see the U.S. Open. We went to
Manetta's because of a TripAdvisor recommendation. We liked it so much we went back the next night!

I thought the prices were very good, especially for the seafood we ordered both nights. The wine list was very good as well.

If you want healthy, deliciously flavored Italian food with good wine in a lively, very comfortable setting, Manetta's is perfect.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Waterbury, Connecticut, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“High Quality Italian Dining”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

Myself and two colleagues went to Manetta's for dinner. I asked the waiter if there was tortellini available, as it was not on the menu, and I was so pleased they did because my tortellini and green beans in pesto were delicious! The pignoli nuts were toasted perfectly, pesto was beautifully balanced and i could tell the pasta was fresh. I had the flourless chocolate cake for dessert, which was also very good. The sangria is a choice beverage since its not too sweet yet full of flavor. My only criticism is that the sevice was a bit slow, but our waiter was great despite this. Lovely dinner, I would go back.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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