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“Its not as good as it used to be” 3 of 5 stars
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Prova
156 Davison Avenue, Oceanside, NY
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Cuisines: Italian
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Long Beach, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Its not as good as it used to be”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

Ae've been very loyal Cinelli's/Prova patrons for a few years now and have seen it go from excellent to mediocre over the past few months. And we are very disappointed.
The service there has gotten slower and very spotty. Lots of mistakes made in our orders. And we've had to wait longer and longer for the food, only for it to be served lukewarm in a dining room that was freezing cold.
The food though is still very good and the portions are very generous with reasonable prices, but we may not make the trek up from Long Beach anymore since its not as worthwhile as it used to be.
We'll go dine at Villagio's on Park Ave., instead.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Franco A, Owner at Prova, responded to this review, February 10, 2014
Dear Patron,

Thank you for your review. As the owner of this establishment since our inception i take great pride in knowing what our customers are thinking. As you know our winter here on Long Island has been brutal and we unfortunately had some issues with our heating system that have since been rectified. Regarding our service we have had to hire several new servers over the last couple of months. Unfoturnately the learning curve sometimes can hinder the server from being at there best. This issue as well has been solved. I can assure you that if you were to dine with us again you will be surrounded by a warm and cozy environment along with a dynamic dining experience. Again thank you for your comments. They can only make us better. Have a great day!
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English first
Oceanside, New York
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125 reviews 125 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Local place for take-out and eat in”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Prova in Oceanside LI is one step above a Pizzeria.
The parking lot is very small with room for just a few cars.
The take-out menu is 2X the size of the eat-in menu.
The veal Marcela had very tough veal but the sauce was very good.
The Baked Clams were made with fresh clams but topped with soggy bread crumbs.
The dining room is very small and the service is slow but friendly.
A good place for families with small children

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Franco A, Owner at Prova, responded to this review, February 10, 2014
Thank you for your comments. I am glad you enjoyed our marsala sauce and that you recognized the freshness of our clams. I appreciate it. I am sorry that your veal wasn't to your liking however i can guarantee you that we will do everything in our power to make sure that every piece of veal that is cooked is as tender as it possibly can be. I can also assure you that if you do decide to dine with us again that the clams will be served to perfection. Thank you again for your thoughts we will use them to become the best that we can be. I hope you have a great day!
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NYC
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88 reviews 88 reviews
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Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Hey ! How you doin?!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

We love Cinelli's / Prova ,whatever,it's the same great place! It's our place to go after a hard days work to relax and eat fantastic Italian yumminess ! Major plus, Blue Moon on tap! And wifey says the cabernet is really good. We are there at least 2x/mo. Working through the menu,We'll be back ,for sure!

One tip---—----------
Go early or late, only a few tables.

  • Visited March 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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Franco A, Owner at Prova, responded to this review, February 10, 2014
Thank you for your kind words and continuous support of our business. It is truly appreciated. I hope to see you soon in our establishment. Have a great day!
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Baldwin, New York
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11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Small pizzeria/restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

This small restaurant has a cozy feel and food is excellent...The prices are a bit high...but, ambience is nice, service is good, and salads are fresh and satisfying...

Visited January 2013
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Franco A, Owner at Prova, responded to this review, February 10, 2014
It is so great to hear you enjoyed your experience at our restaurant. Your positive words/feedback is what gives us the joy to do what we do. Thank you very much and have a great day!
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Oceanside, New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Nice informal neighborhood place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

Formerly known as Cinelli's, Prova is basically the same restaurant. Good, inexpensive food, friendly place. You can get a good meal for a reasonable price. Don't expect gourmet dining, very casual. I had a salmon special, my wife a pannini. We both enjoyed it.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Franco A, Owner at Prova, responded to this review, February 10, 2014
Thank you very much for your positive comments. We appreciate our customers feedback. It allows us to improve and make our customers experience that best it possibly can be. Thanks again and have a great day!
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