In A Queens Restaurant
Utopia Parkway, Whitestone, NY 11257; 351-6738
and Southern Italian
only. Closed Monday. Tues.-Sat. from 4-11 p.m.; Sun. from 1-10 p.m.
mall parking lot in rear.
specialty in two convenient rooms (one with French doors onto sidewalk).
Fully stocked bar available.
major cards accepted.
was a lovely surprise walking into the newly opened Castel’ Mare
Ristorante to be greeted by Host/Co-owner Sal Farruggio who we have
watched grow up in the family-owned Mezza Luna restaurant of Flushing. In
addition, his brother, Giovanni (John), is the co-owner and executive
chef. To top it off, his chef/mother and patron/grandfather were on-site
having dinner. What better recommendation could there be?
talented and dedicated young owners, Sal and John, know the restaurant
business from having grown up in it and are adept at making their patrons
feel like a part of their family.
server, Gabriel, suggested a hot or cold antipasto. We chose the cold
which was handsomely constructed with Salami, Provolone, Prosciutto,
Giardinera (vinegar cured veggies) and fresh Mozzarella — enough for two
people to share ($9). Adding to the enjoyment were a glass of the house
wine, and hot bread spread with their signature soft butter and herbs from
a small ramekin. (Made-on-the-premises bread will soon be available.) It
was a perfect start to a fine dinner.
choice from the specials of the day was Chilean Sea Bass with white wine
sauce served with asparagus and a medley of fresh vegetables ($22). From
the ala carte menu we chose a specialty of the house, Veal A .a Castel’
Mare. Two breaded veal cutlets topped with fresh, cooked spinach and
strips of melted Provolone ($15.99). The serving was enormous and tender
as well as tasty.
Farruggio family continues presenting one of their most popular offerings
they created years ago at Mezza Luna on Northern Blvd.- a list of pastas
(spaghetti, ziti, capellini, fettuccini, rigatoni, penne or fusselli) with
an unbelievable list of different toppings (would you believe 28?) from
Alfredo to a la vodka. The price of the dish varies with your choice of
toppings and ranges from $7.99 to $12.99. Italian favorites ravioli,
lasagnas and gnocchi are also listed.