To The Family
Family Restaurant: 110-80 Queens Blvd., Forest
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.;
Thursday-Sunday 11 a.m.-midnight
Credit Cards: All credit cards accepted
Parking: street parking; valet parking
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
For 25-years, families have been coming together to enjoy
the dining experience at Family Restaurant and last Friday my family joined their long
list of very full and very satisfied customers.
Arriving at six, there were already several generations
sitting down together to enjoy the elegant yet warm and homey décor and the pleasant buzz
of family conver-sation. By the time we left, there was a line outside waiting for a table
and a taste of the expertise of Silvia Sacinos family.
Silvia explained that her husband, Michael, began the
business with a pizzeria (still in operation) and continued to expand and develop his
space until the Family Restaurant was born. When Michael passed away, Silvia took over the
already flourishing business and now runs it with assistance from her 22-year-old son
Angelo and gracious manager Peter Benedetto. Her brother-in-law Giusseppe still helps with
food presentations and her sister-in-law Giovanna makes the heavenly Cannoli and Tirami Su
that the folks and I split for dessert.
In between catching up on the weeks events, we shared
at taste of the Hot Antipasto (orders are made to be share by two for $10.50) that was
complete with Eggplant Rollitini, baked clams, roasted green peppers, and succulent Shrimp
Mom had the Eggplant Parmigiana ($9.95) and praised the
"stringy" cheese and the eggplant that tasted homegrown. The portion itself was
enough for dinner and left-overs the next day.
Pop tried one of the specials Seafood Alla Familia
and was presented with a mound of tastefully done fish over a mound of linguine. He
especially praised the freshness of the fish and the variety, including muscles, clams,
shrimp and calamari.
I tried the Shrimp Francaise ($16.95) . . . since I am such
a fan of the chicken variety and I was delighted. The shrimps were very fresh, very
large, and wonderfully prepared with a sauce that kept just the right hint of lemon. On
the side (included) I was daring . . . spaghetti with olive oil and roasted garlic
lots of roasted garlic slices and they were rich in taste and very delicious.
Is the family hungry? Your restaurant is waiting.