By Joe Meny
Right across the border of Jackson Heights, in Elmhurst, located on the corner of Baxter Ave. and Ithaca Street is Limoncello Italian restaurant. Off the beaten path, and tucked away, once you discover this gem of a restaurant, you may want to keep its location to yourself. This cozy little restaurant, with a neat grouping of color photographs offering its guests a glimpse of Venice, is the backdrop for some delicious Italian fare. The near floor-to-ceiling windows allow ample opportunity for people watching, day or night. Casual and comfortable, Limoncello’s co-owner Carlos and his friendly wait staff offer top-notch service to match the flavorful food prepared and brought to your table.
Prices for dinner dishes range from $12 (pasta), $15 -$24 (beef), to $17 – $24 (fish). Fresh pastas, sauces, fish, and meats are the staples of the menu, but the nightly specials should not be over-looked. Of particular interest is the Bronzini fish – imported direct from Italy – quite amazing and among one of their most popular dishes. Harvested from the waters of the Mediterranean, Limoncello’s Bronzini is grilled to perfection, seasoned with garlic, herbs, sea salt and pepper, resulting in a sweet-flavored, semi-firm white meat similar to that of a red snapper.
Among the many after-dinner offerings, the crème brulee truly makes dessert a must-have at Limoncello’s. Crisp and firm, you will delight as your waiter flames the top right at your table. A brulee crèmed to perfection!
Limoncello’s offers free delivery and a lunch special Mon. – Sat. from 11 – 3pm. The ambience is under-stated, with a Sinatra tune coming through the sound system every now and then. Nestled within other ethnic restaurants (Colombian, Ecuadorian, Mexican), Limoncello’s brings a touch of Little Italy to Queens.