Cara Mia Restaurant
220-20 Hillside Ave.,
Queens Village; 740-9118
Hours: Closed Mondays;
Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.;
Saturday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.;
Sunday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Credit Cards Accepted: All major
For the past 30 years, the Deciantis family of Queens Village has
cooked up traditional Italian masterpieces at their locally-famous restaurant Cara Mia, a
cozy culinary treasure that combines fine dining with the comfort of family.
As soon as my dinner companion and I entered the dimly-lit restaurant,
our fast, friendly and attentive server Denise sat us in a comfortable booth where we
started off with a bowl of Cara Mias Potato and Leak soup ($4.95), which is as
smooth and creamy as it is tasty. We used the fresh loaf of piping hot bread and delicious
garlic sticks that Cara Mia gives every patron to soak up every last bit of the specialty
Next came another specialty of the house, a crunchy and delicious Pazzo
Salad ($8.95), which combined grilled zucchini, carrots, and mushrooms with fresh mesculan
greens, olives, mozzarella and provolone cheeses, and tomatoes, all tossed in a tangy
We continued our Italian feast with a taste of two different ravioli
dishes broccoli ravioli in a garlic and oil sauce with sun dried tomatoes ($12.95)
and spinach ravioli in a portabella mushroom marsala sauce ($9.95).
The square ravioli, which are made on the premises like all Cara Mia
pasta, were huge and filled with whole chunks of vegetables. The sauces, particularly the
marsala sauce, exploded with flavor in our mouths, and were rich and hearty.
We were getting stuffed, but we still had room to taste Cara Mias
Veal Parmigiana ($12.95) and Broiled Chilean Sea Bass with tomatoes and bread crumbs
($17.95). The veal was so tender it melted in our mouths and the sauce was perfectly
seasoned. The Sea Bass was fresh and flavorful, and the acidity of the tomato and bread
crumb topping complemented the fish perfectly. To complete our meal, we tasted the
homemade tiramisu ($3.95) for dessert, which was extremely rich and creamy, and a
perfectly-made cappuccino ($2.95), which was topped with cinnamon and plenty of foam.
The restaurant has a complete wine list and full bar, an early bird
special, a childrens menu and a lunch menu. All entrees come with pasta, salad or
french fries. Sandwiches and all traditional pastas are also available.