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“A Diamond in the Ruff”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Antica Venezia - CLOSED

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Antica Venezia
Price range: $31 - $45
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: West Village
Cross street: 10th Street and Charls
Yorktown Heights, New York
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A Diamond in the Ruff”
Reviewed February 17, 2012

If you are on the Westside, this restaurant is a must go to! Service and quality of food is unbeatable. The owners and waiters are so doting and the Italian accent doesn't hurt either. From appetizers to dessert, it is a wonderul experience which me and my family love.

Visited July 2011
Thank Danielle D
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28 reviews from our community

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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
New York, New York
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52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“A Pretty, Far West Village Restaurant”
Reviewed October 8, 2011

We’ve been here at least a dozen times over the years, since it’s in the neighborhood. It’s a pretty place, with tablecloths, flowers, candles and a fireplace. However, it’s not on the Hudson River, it’s on the Westside Highway. And as my friends learned when trying to speak Italian to the wait staff there, they didn’t understand Italian, as they are Albanians. And the food, which is inventive and pretty good, isn’t Venetian, which is clean, far less complicated, and not over-sauced, as the food at Antica Venezia tends to be.

The evening really begins when The Maître D gives a dramatic presentation of the specials for the evening while the wait staff stands around the room and watch. He does this for each table, who respond with varying degrees of good humor and tolerance, until he hands out the menus, when upon discussion, between the filet of sole on the menu and the dover sole special he waves away the menu sole, saying there in no comparison urging us to the Dover Sole Special. The delicately fried zucchini offered before the meal is exceptional. The salads were excellent. The lobster ravioli was heavy and mostly rubbery dough, which after the Maître D’s dramatic description of this dish was a huge disappointment. The wine was fine. The veal was good and flavorful, the salmon fresh and well presented. But the Dover Sole special was rubbery and lost in a heavy tomato-spicy, olive laden concoction that covered it. Coffee and Express were perfect. The deserts, not so great, the kind you get frozen and thaw out in a microwave.

The service is overbearingly attentive. It seems many diners enjoy a meal where waiters and bus boys stand watching your every move as you eat and drink, waiting for a cue to refill your glass, replace a fallen fork, or clear the table. I prefer service that disappears then appears when we raise our heads. The restaurant fills with mostly groups of four or more, at round lovely tables. Many come to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. The patrons come from the neighborhood and it seems like a lot of tourists as well. The room feels festive, but even when full you can still hear the conversation at your table.

When the check came we were in for a shock: The filet of sole on the regular menu was $24.95. The Dover Sole special was $45.00 Same amount of the same fish, different sauce. Almost twice the price. So watch out with the specials here. Ask their cost. We didn’t. Dinner for 4 with a bottle of wine, 2 bottles of mineral water, appetizers, main dishes and three desserts came to $430.00. Aside from the issues raised above, and the sticker shock on the Dover Sole Special, we did enjoy our time there. So, make sure you ask the price of the specials, then go ahead and enjoy the rest.

  • Visited October 2011
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1 Thank Suzanne S
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Los Altos, CA
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67 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Very good neighborhood Italian”
Reviewed September 23, 2011

We had a table of 10, and they took very good care of us. Pasta dishes were terrific, and quite a few specials off the menu. Not cheap, and not fancy, but you feel like your in an old movie in turn of the century NYC. Service is quite laid back, so be prepared for a long, relaxing meal.

  • Visited June 2011
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Thank Geoff_Los_Altos_CA
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Charleston, South Carolina
2 reviews
Reviewed August 6, 2011

My daughter and I had an early dinner on a Thursday night in August and had a memorable dinner that would probably be difficult to replicate even if we returned every year. The maitre'd was charming, the wait staff efficient and friendly, and the food was wonderful. Lots of extras with the meal and the bill was extremely reasonable for NY. Loved it!

  • Visited August 2011
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Thank anntory
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Saratoga Springs, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Best Italian dining for the price”
Reviewed June 17, 2011

This small Italian restaurant was perfect. Great food at great prices. For about 35 dollars, you will get a fantastic pasta dish and a great salad. Notto mention the complimentary appetizers:brucetta and fried zucchini. Save yourself the time and book a reservation for this wonderfulful romantic dining experience.

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Thank Psmazzotti
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