Ornella Trattoria Italiana

4.5
256 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Comfort Food
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Ornella is is an intimate family owned Italian restaurant located in Astoria, Queens. Guiseppe Viterale was named one of the Best Chefs in America (BCA), his wife Ornella oversees the dining room while their children attend to your table.The Viterale's make you feel like you are at their house having dinner.

Our diverse menu shows our emotional attachment to the many dishes our families have served for years.

Our mission statement at "Ornella Trattoria Italiana" is to put as much passion in serving the public as we do our own family. We are committed to using the finest organic ingredients in all our recipes.

And as we say at our house : "Tutti a tavola prima che si fa fredda la pasta"
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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 4:00pm -10:00pm
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Phone number
(718) 777-9477
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Guiseppe Viterale
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Catering
We cater for large groups, please call us for more information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
31st Street and 29th Street
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Parking details
N and W train on ditmars last stop.
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Additional
Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I walked into this quaint little restaurant that was surprisingly pleasing on the senses. The reception was friendly, as the waiter led us to our seats. The manager greeted us as well and had a quick conversation. The menu was given to us and it is a bit extensive (with no pictures), but don't let it dissuade you. I got the duck meatballs, and be prepared, as it is filling for an appetizer. There are only two meatballs, but it is a good starter for a group (plus something different to try). The fried calamari is very light and tasty. All the pasta entrees ordered were very generous portions for the price you pay. The flavors are on point and everyone enjoyed the dishes they ordered. Most of us took our meals to go, due to the generous portion size. The wait staff and manager checked on us a few times and the manager provided some interesting tidbits that helped guide us in ordering what would fit our tastes which helped in breaking down the menu. The dessert was tasty as we had the tartuffo which was a nice ending to the meal. We were also given a nice parting shot of housemade Limoncello, which was nice and smooth going down. An excellent end to a nice evening. I will definitely return to this restaurant in the future as it is a good place to enjoy a group meal for any special occasion.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Great food and service! Looking forward to coming back on every New York trip!

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Such a lovely experience! Took my boyfriend here (who's a vegetarian) and my parents (who are carnivores) and they all loved the food. The service was very personal and intimate without being overbearing. This is definitely a neighborhood gem and I will be returning soon!

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

As always everything was wonderful. Staff is terrific ! Love this place.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

THE BEST, as always. Our tippy top favorite spot!

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

I had the veal and artichokes, very tender. My daughters had the pasta both enjoyed. The asparagus appetizer was outstanding. Friendly waiter, we will be back.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Oh my dearest. It was the nicest meal I've had in queens yet. The restaurant was quiet on a Tuesday night so we got very personalized service from the waiter. The food came out 100% perfect. We weren't rushed out at the end and were allowed to sit and digest and chat. It was a great ambiance.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

My favorite restaurant in New York since it opened in 2009. Never had a less than spectacular meal Giussepe, his sons and staff are all masters of their trade.
Wish I lived closer!

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1.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Not all its made out to be. Not worth it. Expected way better food, or at least decent food.

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3.0Dined on April 26, 2018

This is a cute and cozy little place. The menu brings to mind a somewhat different and maybe more authentic or home made cuisine. We were very excited to try some of the items. We ordered the chestnut pasta with a pistachio cream sauce. It was interesting. We had a hankering for veal parmigiana (I know, so common!) and it was so tough I could barely cut through the veal (completely serious). We sent it back and they brought us a chicken version. It was okay but nothing to rave over. The broccoli rabe was very good. Solid tiramisu. I don't know if this review will end up on the bathroom wall like the others..maybe mine isn't so bad!!!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

I was browsing through restaurants in Astoria and this came up as good and not super expensive. My family and I walked past the door a few times but once you come in it is warm and inviting. The service is excellent and the portions are huge. I ordered a spaghetti and meatballs, while my parents ordered pasta with black garlic. All of us had enough leftover for another meal. All in all, a wonderful neighborhood restaurant with great food.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

It was my wife’s birthday dinner. Shes been wanting to go there (unbeknownst to me) and tells me after she saw the open table reservation. Lol. Experience was really good. Food was amazing. Service was very good. Great wine selection (and generous pours) :-) the staff gave us a complimentary tiramisu piece of cake for my wife’s birthday on the house. Very nice and thoughtful.
Overall my wife and I would go back there again. It’s on the return list !

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I think we got them on a bad day. That's the only reason I can come up with for the rave reviews. Service was slow (there were about a dozen people in the place so not too busy), dirty plates were not cleared away until the next course was served, and the food was so-so. We had the risotto special, chicken cordon bleu and seafood platter. I was told that the chicken and the seafood were outstanding. Can't say the same for the risotto which was sitting in water on my plate. I'm willing to give this place another chance based on the other reviews though. Hopefully, we'll get them on a better day.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Food was excellent service was excellent go back in a minute

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Excellent food and service. I will come back.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Great meal as always. Did have to wait a few minutes for a table. But my overall experience was great !!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Forgot to post this back in February!!

What a great place to stumble across. We walked by for lunch and a business owner next door told us it was only open for dinner. He highly recommended Ornella and rightfully so!

I got the lasagna bolognese and my partner got the linguine di frutti di mare! The service was awesome and the food was phenomenal! The owner/chef was attentive and walking to the tables. Made us feel like family! Thank you again!

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2018

A real neighborhood gem. Great food, great service and reasonable prices. Perfect combination.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Great family-run Italian restaurant in the Ditmars area of Queens. Space was cozy and the food and service was fantastic. The owner, Giuseppe, made sure we were well taken care of and stopped by our table on a few occasions to make sure everything was to our liking. Also got to meet his son Gio that helps run the business, along with another one of his sons. If you can't make it to the restaurant you can also order through seamless. Would definitely go back for another dinner date with my wife. Good people and service all around. Portions were big and prices were reasonable. Check this place out if you are looking for a good authentic Italian meal.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

This is our fourth time at Ornella. I love trying new dishes each time I go there. The owner is cordial, the waitstaff attentive. Overall, I love it!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

A wonderful New Years Eve dinner with friends! Food was amazing as always.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Great service, incredible food, cozy dining room

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

The food was absolutely delicious and the staff were a pleasure. I’ll eat here every time I’m in the area and will recommend to everyone. What a great place.

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3.0Dined on December 24, 2017

We requested handicap seating on our reservation which was not acknowledged. Food was very salty. Would not be returning.

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

My husband and I have been going to Ornella’s for years and enjoy coming back every year and for special occasions. Today, we celebrated our wedding anniversary at Ornella’s. Joe the owner is wonderful. He greeted us and checked up on us. The waiters are very pleasant. The food is delicious. Words cannot describe how great the food is. My husband and I highly recommend Ornella’s.

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4.0Dined on December 14, 2017

Not your average restaurant. Chestnut and pistachio sauces are divine. Calamari and burrata were fabulous. Our Italian nephew (who grows chestnuts) gave it a huge thumbs up. We shall return.

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5.0Dined on December 11, 2017

Delicious as usual! Friendly staff. Definitely coming back soon!

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2.0Dined on December 9, 2017

I went to Ornella for dinner with my wife and was expecting for a warm meal. Overall shrimp pasta came out lukewarm at best and with a total of three shrimps. "Cappuccino coffee" was more a water-down regular coffee [instead of espresso] with cinnamon.. milk was not even frothed.. disappointed

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

We have been regulars at Ornella for the past two years. It is our go-to place in the neighborhood for everything from a date night for the two of us, special occasions, and our favorite spot to show off Astoria when we have guests. Giuseppe and his sons are remarkable. They treat us like family and we love them.

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5.0Dined on November 28, 2017

Had some of the best spaghetti and meatballs the other evening out with friends. Everyone loved their dishes. Will definitely be heading back!

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3.0Dined on November 4, 2017

We are not strangers to Ornella Trattoria Italiana, and made a last minute reservation for family that was visiting. Normally service is really quick, but admittedly this was a busy Saturday night. Food was good and all servers/greeters were very friendly. Family left stuffed!

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5.0Dined on October 30, 2017

We had a great business dinner here, it is only 10 min from the LGA Airport. Why sit in traffic when you can enjoy terrific food and Wine?

The staff treated us like family and there are numerous food options, plus homemade pasta and also Home-cured meats too.

Absolutely worth a visit and Astoria is a lovely neighborhood too.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

The food here is absolutely outstanding! The service was excellent.

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1.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Hortible. First went to Ornella trattoria 5 yrs ago, it was very good. Went back 9/16/17 notice they are no longer a tazble cloth restaurant, they replaced the swordfish dish w/codfish, the service was mediocre at best, my husbands frutti di'mare was served cold, after 2 bites of my salmon the remainder was RARE. Would never return and mostt definitely never recommend.

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

Everything is always good!! The service is terrific too. Love the different pasta dishes

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

This the sixth time I have been here in the last six months, and everytime it gets better. We went for dinner, me and my wife and another couple, we started off with two appetizers, burrata and onions , the burrata is soft and creamy delicious. We also had the cured meat platter which comes with a onion jam and sweet chili jam and three cured meats, Giuseppe has a farm upstate where he cures his own meats and wow , best prosciutto ever had. For entrees we had four pasta dishes all were delicious. At the end of the night Giuseppe sent over free dessert to our table!! I cant say enough what a wonderful man and his son are running this restaurant, they truly cant do enough for you. Cant wait to go back!!

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3.0Dined on August 25, 2017

First time for dinner at Ornella. The dinning room is long and cozy. Our server was very friendly, informative about the menu and very attentive. The pasta was great, the veal parm was over cooked and leathery. We started with the meat and cheese player and it was fantastic. I would come back and stick with pasta dishes and frankly because the service was great!

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4.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Searching for place in Astoria that had an interesting menu and was informal . Food choices were excellent , particularly the specials . Had burrata with mushrooms that was off the hook . Service was attentive and friendly . Highlight of night was using men's room where owner posted negative reviews and his responses ! Simply hilarious and spot in. Owner is incredibly friendly and really takes enormous pride in his family run restaurant . If you're in Astoria I highly recommend you go eat there . Also great value for your buck!

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2017

My fiancé and I came here to celebrate our engagement.
We were given a free glass of champagne each and when the wine we ordered was not up to our taste we were given a replacement without any issue.

Well run place - great food - friendly and professional staff.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2017

The homemade pastas are amazing! Really, really great food.

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