IL TOSCANO: 42-05 235th St.,
HOURS: Tuesday - Sunday: 5 to 11 p.m.
HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE: Yes
CREDIT CARDS: All major credit cards
For the past 13 years, Il Toscano has presented its guests menus one would expect to
find in Manhattan, or even Italy itself, bringing upscale dining to all who step inside
this ethereal restaurant.
The plates are decorated with sprinkles of bright green parsley and tiny cubes of red
peppers which accentuate the pie-shaped Spiedino Toscano (fried breaded mozzarella,
anchovy and porcini mushroom sauce for $10.00) sitting in the center. And this is only an
appetizer. Entrees include Grilled Breast of Free Range Chicken (mixed baby greens,
marinated tomato, pommery mustard vinaigrette for $17.50), Capellini Frutti di Mare
(shrimp, scallops and clams, garlic, saffron, tomato for $18.50), Roast Honey Lacquered
Duck (root vegetable and sundried fruit compote, tart cranberry jus for $24.00) and
Grilled Prime Aged Shell Steak (sweet onion potato cake, Swiss chard, rosemary demi-glace
Nothing compliments a good meal better than a fine wine, and Il Toscano offers an
extensive wine list.
Ten specials, which change daily, are offered every evening, according to proprietor,
One thing, however, is constant - there is always game on the menu, such as squab,
quail or venison - said Sous Chef Michael Riddle.
Riddle is also the mastermind behind all of the homemade desserts such as Praline and
Chocolate Mousse Tart, Chocolate Pecan Pie served with sundried cherries and chocolate
chip ice-cream (highly recommended!) and a similar dessert with macadamia nuts and white
chocolate (a chefs favorite).
For the first time since its opening, Il Toscano will be open for Easter Sunday and is
offering a wonderful, fixed price menu of $32.50 (plus tax and gratuity) which includes
antipastos, pasta dishes such as Canneloni, ricotta, roast vegetables and herbs, tre
pomodoro; and entrees which include Mustard crusted salmon, roasted new potatoes, mustard
greens, caramelized cippolini jus; Veal scallopini, wild mushroom barley, spinach, candied
pecans, roast garlic thyme jus and Leg of lam, Yukon gold goat cheese whipped potatoes,
Swiss chard, sun dried tomato - rosemary jus.
Coffee, tea and a marvelous assortment of Il Toscano desserts ala carte is also
Free parking is available at the train station parking lot directly across the street,
and an added room upstairs, recently opened last October, is available for private parties
that seat 60. Adjacent to the room, which is complete with a maroon leather chair and
matching couch facing a full bar, is a deck for quiet summer dinners outside.
So for a touch of northern Italy in eastern Queens, visit Il Toscano.