IL GABBIANO RISTORANTE: 188-17 Union
Tpke., Flushing, NY 11366, 464-3133
CUISINE: Italian east coast style
OPEN: Closed Tuesdays. Open 6 days from 3p.m. until 10p.m.
(11p.m. Fri. & Sat.)
DÉCOR: Comfortable, soft music, attractive painted ceiling with
CATERING: Yes, on and off premises
PARKING: Curbside (no meters just around the corner on side
HANDICAPPED ACCESSSIBLE: Yes, no stairs
CREDIT CARDS: All major cards accepted
Visiting Il Gababiano Ristorante with Owner Vito brought back memories
of Sunday dinners at my Madrinas (Italian for Godmother). We left the food selection
completely in Vitos expert hands. (NOTE: Always listen to the Specials Of The Day-
they reflect the best available on the market as well as the special skills of the chef.)
Our first attractive presentation was a fresh Seafood Salad replete
with shrimp and calamari on a bed of mixed greens lightly dressed with olive oil and
garlic ($8.50). This was followed by Stuffed Mushrooms filled with eggplant and zucchini
topped with a surprisingly light, fresh tomato sauce. A tasty tidbit!
A must-try pasta course is the Gnocchi small, light dumplings
topped with fresh tomato sauce and decorated with tiny cubes of Mozzarella one of
the best we have found while dining at hundreds of Italian restaurants. The meal continued
with a cooked-to-perfection pasta linguini dressed with oil and garlic and topped with
We accompanied our dinner with a house wine; a nice red Grifo Ruvodi
from Bari, Puglia, Vitos home region on the "heel" of Italys
"boot". Being from this location near the sea also caused Vito to name his
restaurant with the Italian word for seagull an image you will see in the décor
and on the business card.
After determining that we like seafood and game meat, Vito provided a
great sampling of his chefs ability to produce a variety of well-prepared,
attractive dishes by serving slices of Venison in Brown Sauce topped with lots of sliced
Portobello mushrooms and Red Snapper (Livorese style with black olives and capers). The
snapper was extraordinarily tender and "flaked" easily with a fork.
Although we barely had room, we had to complete this classic,
multi-course meal with dessert. We found the made-on-the-premises Tira Mi Su rich and
creamy, the Sambucca in our espresso was a nice touch and the final toast with Grappa was
a crowning moment.
Instead of an a la carte meal such as ours, you may enjoy the Complete
Dinner offering of any appetizer from the menu, a chicken or veal entrée plus dessert and
coffee for $18.95. Either way, your Italian meal will be memorable.