There are an abundance of fine italian restaurants in Queens and but few have a kitchen like Conti's ristorante. Conti's has been an iconic presence in Douglaston for many years and is a family run enterprise with two generations contributing their cooking and hospitality skills. The restaurant is quaint, intimate and filled with nostalgic memories of new york, and italy.
Upon entering the restaurant we were warmly greeted by Alex a young, enthusiastic conti family member whose energy filled the room and made the evening exciting. We were seated in a dining room that felt like we were dining in the home of an elegant a close friend.
Almost immediately a plate of olives, parmesan cheese pieces, a dish of olive oil and a basket of italian bread was placed on our table. We reviewed Conti's large and impressive menu and chose an assortment of appetizers.
Mozzarella caprese- a light and delicious mound of mozzarella cheese with olive oil and herbs.
A traditional Caesar Salad with a delightful dressing of olive oil, parmesan cheese, anchovies, added to crisp and fresh romaine lettuce.
For our main courses we decided to sample the famed Conti pasta, and ordered the homemade pasta alla grappa, (homemade pasta, mushrooms, grappa and love. A hearty bowl of some of the most delicious pasta we have ever had enhanced by the mushrooms and grappa.
We then shared a beautifully prepared salmone orreganate,-a large portion of atlantic salmon made with a light grated cheese coating; along with a sensational bistecca alla griglia. (grilled bone in rib eye steak) Our medium rare steak was perfectly prepared, plated, and sliced into perfectly arranged pieces with a large meat filled bone for additional eating enjoyment.
Alex than brought over an assortment of sorbets and pastry's for us to end our meal on delightfully sweet note.
Conti's epitomizes what a great local restaurant is all about: excellent food, warm and friendly ambiance, and fine service.
Kudos to the Conti family for their culinary excellence, Thanks and Kudos to Walter and Alex for making our evening so pleasant and enjoyable.
Conti's Ristorante, 249-11 Northern Boulevard, Little Neck, NY 11363