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.
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 !
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.
Food was excellent service was excellent go back in a minute
Excellent food and service. I will come back.
Great meal as always. Did have to wait a few minutes for a table. But my overall experience was great !!
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!
A real neighborhood gem. Great food, great service and reasonable prices. Perfect combination.
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.
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!
A wonderful New Years Eve dinner with friends! Food was amazing as always.
Great service, incredible food, cozy dining room
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.
We requested handicap seating on our reservation which was not acknowledged. Food was very salty. Would not be returning.
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.
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.
Delicious as usual! Friendly staff. Definitely coming back soon!
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
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.
Had some of the best spaghetti and meatballs the other evening out with friends. Everyone loved their dishes. Will definitely be heading back!
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!
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.
The food here is absolutely outstanding! The service was excellent.
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.
Everything is always good!! The service is terrific too. Love the different pasta dishes
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!!
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!
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!
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.
The homemade pastas are amazing! Really, really great food.
Delicious homemade pasta, friendly staff. Will definitely go back!
The staff was very attentive and the service was excellent. The food was well prepared and presented nicely. Each dish was very delicious!! We were not rushed at any point. It was a very enjoyable evening
Pleasant decor, personable service. Unfortunately, the food is only mediocre. Of four entrees, only one risotto could be called good. Overall, flavors not well-balanced and overly oily.
Family owned. Excellent service. The food was good.
Chestnut pasta is a must try
The food was so good! We went for Father's Day and my parents are still talking about the pasta dishes!
Really wonderful experience - from the food to the personal touch of the owner giving you the seats and asking how your meal is - I would suggest this place to anyone who loves Astoria with their authentic and fun restaurants. Really large portions as a word of warning, leading the excellent left overs. Also: sharing is crucial if I went back. I had the "envelope" pasta and my companions had the mushroom risotto and the Bolognese pasta. Everything was flavorful, not oily or over salted, and the pasta is made in house (!). The salami board was great and featured meats that they make in their own farm in Monticello! Outstanding. I had been wanting to go forever and I was not disappointed.
We always have great food at ornellas. The foo d is great all the time
Amazing as always! Great food, wonderful people and service!
We had a great time. Food was excellent and the owner stopped at our table for a short conversation. He sent over an after dinner drink for us to enjoy. We will definitely dine here again.