Armondo’s Italian Restaurant – Queens Gazette
In an ever-changing world, it’s nothing short of a miracle that a restaurant in New York is still around, but Armondo’s is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary in Jackson Heights and is more popular and better than never ! We celebrate the fine cuisine of Armondo and its enigmatic owners, Jerry and Patty Crisci.
Armondo’s serves classic northern and southern Italian dishes with friendly service to make you feel right at home. The warm ambience is perfect for an intimate date, a special occasion or a memorable dinner with family and friends any night. Upon entering Armondo, one cannot help but admire a shiny Italian “Vespa” motorbike suspended above the bar. Jerry explained that as a child in Italy, a Vespa was an unattainable luxury for him. He remembers his uncle placing an order for two espressos which were delivered on a tray by a young man on a Vespa. Ever since, Jerry has associated the Vespa with ‘service’ and has been striving to provide exceptional service to his customers for 50 years. Indeed, the veteran servers are above all else and allow for privacy and quiet dining.
Order a glass or bottle of one of their finest vintages from Italy, South America and California from just $10/glass or $35/bottle to get you in the mood for the feast to come . Start with a platter of crispy and juicy baked clams in a delicious sauce, grilled octopus or golden fried calamari. Mussels steamed in white wine or a fresh tomato and garlic sauce should be steeped in the light, crisp Italian bread brought to your table. A sampling of delicious bruschetta is also dropped off to enjoy while you browse the menu. Flavorful Portobello mushrooms are grilled like a steak with a balsamic vinaigrette, and the homemade meatballs are always delicious. Share an Armondo’s salad drizzled with orange wedges, goat cheese and walnuts, or a roasted beet salad with goat cheese, walnuts and lemon vinaigrette.
Chef Lina’s pasta dishes stand out for their texture and homemade sauces. Choose from cheese or meat ravioli with a fresh tomato sauce or lasagne bolognese with layers of pasta, cheese and meat sauce. Classic fettuccine Alfredo, linguine with red or white clam sauce or frutti di mare are all house favourites. Evening pasta specialties were spinach ravioli with pale pink sauce or stuffed seafood ravioli with vodka sauce. Risotto al dente dishes are prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients for maximum flavor.
Armondo’s has fabulous fish and seafood dishes, like the special trout amandine which my lovely companion enjoyed, lightly sautéed, then finished on the grill to crisp the slivered almonds. Fillet of sole, salmon or scallops can be grilled or sautéed with butter, lemon and white wine for a delicious dinner. Treat yourself to juicy and sweet lobster tails or a platter of fried seafood samples.
Tempting ribs and rib eye were on the specialty list, but I chose pork chops topped with bell peppers from Jerry’s own garden…what a treat! Armondo pork chops are stuffed with prosciutto and cheese with a mushroom sauce for another hearty dish. Accompany your starter with fresh vegetables or the chef’s famous potato croquettes, golden on the outside and creamy on the inside. All entrees are cooked to order and if you don’t see what you want on the menu, just ask the friendly waiters and Chef Lina will whip it up for you.
Save room for dessert and an Amaretto. Soft carrot cake, chocolate mousse cake, Italian cheesecake, tiramisu and tartufo ice cream are just some of the sweets they offer, accompanied by espresso, cappuccino, coffee or a strong tea.
Just being in the dining room lifts your mood and fills your belly and soul with warmth and love. Armondo’s is open for dinner on weekdays (closed Tuesdays) from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; noon and evening on Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Expect an official 50th anniversary celebration in September and visit now and often for a memorable Italian meal in a very warm and authentic environment. Congratulations to Armondo!
73-16 Northern Blvd., Jackson Heights718.898.0113 | 718.899.0035