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Ponticello Restaurant
Ranked #204 of 572 Restaurants in Astoria
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Tucson AZ
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197 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Inconsistent”
Reviewed March 28, 2012

We went two nights in a row. The first night was just two of us, it was a Monday and it was just about empty. Service was good and the food was excellent. A butterflied pork chop with chopped tomatoes was about perfect. The stracciatela soup was fantastic, and the grilled seafood special was nicely prepared with just perhaps a bit too much oil, but very nicely grilled so that the squid, shrimp and scallops were not rubbery but you could taste the grill.

The second night, a Tuesday, was different. We were with 8 people and the place was busy. Several people ordered the fish and each time we did the waiter suggested "sauteed". In each case (filet of sole, monk fish, and branzino came swimming in a butter sauce, not quite a meuniere (not browned enough) but not quite a butter lemon. It was a starchy, mess that looked and tasted as if it came out of a packet. very disappointing. My colleague who had the butterflied pork chop (paillard) the night before had it again and was once more pleased. One of our group had the risotto with mushrooms and that was very rich and slightly smoky. The appetizers were hit and miss. The peppers and sausage was excellent, the baked clams arreganata were oily and the fried calamari was average.

The wine list was laughable. Several empty plastic sleeves in the book, there were only two pages of wines and they were abysmal. There was not one bottle that had any redeeming qualities.

Overall, not bad on the right night, as mentioned the first night was very nice.

  • Visited March 2012
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Orlando, Florida
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260 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Predictable Italian”
Reviewed February 7, 2012

Good service and good food. Try their Croatian wines.

  • Visited February 2012
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Andover, Massachusetts
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206 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Service and Food Are Outstanding”
Reviewed December 8, 2011

Osso bucco was tremendous, as were the mussel and calamari appetisers. Owner was very friendly and helpful with the wine selection.

Visited December 2011
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New York
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40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A fine dining experience”
Reviewed November 28, 2011

This is a beautiful restaurant. I have eaten there several times and have never had anything I have been disappointed with. The waiters are courteous and accommodating.

Visited November 2011
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