222-02 Union Turnpike
Credit Card: Yes
Hours: Mon-Fri Noon-10 p.m., Sat 4-10 p.m., Sun 2-9 p.m.
Anthony’s Restaurant in Oakland Gardens provides the ideal atmosphere for sipping on red wine and enjoying fine Italian cuisine, without burning a hole in your pocket.
The warm décor and soothing Italian music set the stage for a delightful array of classic Italian dishes, but the cordial staff helped to enhance the experience by sharing their insight into the best menu choices.
Our waiter, Manny, was attentive to our every need and added a pinch of humor to every interaction.
The stand out appetizer was the eggplant rollatini, which was served with a savory, yet sweet tomato sauce that helped accentuate the tender vegetable that was stuffed with the ideal amount of ricotta cheese.
For the main course, the pan-seared scallops were cooked perfectly with an excellent sear and served with a light drizzle of white wine sauce that enhanced the flavor, allowing the shellfish to be the highlight of the dish. As the last scallop melted in my mouth, I knew I’d have to return for this entree in the near future.
Another great choice for an entrée was the freshly made cavatelli pasta, which was served with a deliciously creamy red wine mascarpone sauce and fresh mozzarella cheese. The hearty serving is sure to fill the hungriest of diners, without the uncomfortable, guilty feeling afterward.
On Friday and Saturday, Anthony’s has a live piano player in the main dining room from 7 to 10 p.m., but it also has a side room that can accommodate private parties with up to 100 people. It also serves as a quieter dining experience on the weekends for guests who would rather have intimate conversations than partake in the live music.
Anthony’s offers a price fixe menu seven days a week. From Sunday to Thursday, the menu offers a choice of appetizer, dinner and dessert for $24.95. On Friday and Saturday, it costs $26.95. There is also an early bird special menu Monday to Friday from noon to 4:30 p.m. for $13.95.
– Jordan Gibbons