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NYC's 5 Best Family-Style Italian Restaurants For 2011

In our book, every family in New York needs a family style Italian restaurant in their speed dial.  It's the perfect place to feed a family inexpensively.  They are also great for when you have a large group for dinner and need to feed grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends – but don't want to spend the day in the kitchen.  Below are a few of our favorites for family-style Italian eating in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island.

Vinny's of Carroll Gardens

Vinny's of Carroll Gardens
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Vinny's of Carroll Gardens
295 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 875-5600

Vinny's is a small family owned business that's been in the neighborhood for as long as anyone can remember. The food is good, inexpensive, and plentiful. Our favorites include the penne alla vodka, the meatballs, and an order of fried calamari. Use the bread to sop up the amazing red sauce! A family meal can be had inexpensively by ordering a main course which includes a side of pasta and sauce – enough for a family of four!


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200 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 221-3800
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Okay, so we couldn't make a list of NYC's best family-style Italian and not mention Carmine's. If you ever find yourself in Times Square, this is the place to go before a show with kids. It's loud and fun – and perfect to fill up everyone's stomachs before a big Broadway show. It's also a huge space with many tables so there is a very good chance you can get a table without a reservation.

Dominick's Restaurant

Italian Food
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2335 Arthur Avenue
Bronx, NY 10458
(718) 733-2807
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Forget Little Italy - Arthur Avenue in the Bronx is the place to find any and all things Italian in New York City. The restaurant doesn't really have menus, and the tables are all communal. Just shout out your order to your friendly waiter and soak up the atmosphere. Make sure to try the stuffed artichoke and the baked clams – out of this world! Just a note: this place is cash only.

Trattoria Romana

Trattoria Romana
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1476 Hylan Blvd
Staten Island, New York 10305
(718) 980-3113
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A friendly place where the chef and owners greets everyone, Trattoria Romana has some of the best Italian food on Staten Island. The prices might seem on the high side but the portions are very family friendly (i.e. sharable). Make sure to try to the brick oven pizzas and the seafood dishes.



116-25 Metropolitan Ave
Kew Gardens, NY 11418
(718) 805-5852

In business for over 30 years, the family menu at this Queens spot features classics like chicken parm and linguine with calamari, plus a Steak Pizzaiola which can feed three people.

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