The Bottom Line
- Excellent Service
- Delicious Northern Italian Food
- Great Atmosphere
- Restaurant Isn't in My Neighborhood
- Very Expensive
- Address - 42-05 235th St, Douglaston, NY (Steps from the south side of the Douglaston LIRR station)
- Phone - 718-631-0300
- Hours - Open for dinner, Tuesday to Sunday.
- Credit Cards - All major credit cards are accepted.
- Parking - There is valet parking in the train parking lot across the street from the restaurant.
- Directions - From Northern Blvd. turn north onto Douglaston Pkwy. Veer left at the fork onto 235 St.
- The restaurant has an extensive wine list, including a selection of delicious Argentine Malbecs.
- Il Toscano has earned a loyal following. You must call ahead for reservations: 718-631-0300
- The waiters know their business, and their attention to detail contributes to your enjoyment.
- Expect to pay $15 to $30 for entrees. Dinner for two without wine will easily approach $120.
Guide Review - Restaurant Review: Il Toscano, A Northern Italian Restaurant in Douglaston, NY
The chefs borrow from other Mediterranean and California cooking, though always with balance and an eye toward Italian flavors. A dinner companion had a Mediterranean dish of delicious perfectly grilled and seasoned shrimp with semolina and vegetables. Another companion lingered over seared tuna that came with a sesame dipping sauce. The tuna was sashimi grade, more akin to steak than a fish fillet.
I concentrated on a rack of small, tender lamb chops, each glazed lightly with mustard, the pick of the evening. Every dish we enjoyed came to the table at the right temperature and with skilled presentation.
It is physically impossible to save room for dessert. However, you must. I recommend conversation while the stomach gets its second wind. Again, Il Toscano does the classics right. Their Napoleon pastries are full of cream, yet light and airy, delicious, a million miles from the thickly frosted versions found at a diner. Chocolate cake, sorbets, and cheesecake will find willing mouths and mouths willing for more. My zabaglione was tasty enough for its fresh, ripe berries, but I tasted no marsala wine in the sweet cream sauce. This one gaff, however, is the exception that proves the rule.