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Ornella Trattoria Italiana

4.3
4.3
271 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (718) 777-9477

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Guiseppe Viterale

  • Catering

    We cater for large groups, please call us for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Ornella is the jewel in the crown of Astoria fine dining. We are available to meet all of your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Giuseppe Viterale: (844) 226-8096

  • Neighborhood

    Astoria

  • Cross street

    31st Street and 29th Street

  • Parking details

    N and W train on ditmars last stop.

  • Additional

    Beer, Gluten-free Options, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 271 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. EG

    EricaG

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ornella is a hidden gem in the Astoria neighborhood. I've lived here for many years and recently discovered it. I wish I had found it a long time ago! The pasta is truly delicious. The ambiance makes you feel like you are in Europe. The owner is so genuine and will chat you up if you feel like talking. The servers are quick and there for whatever you need. They even gave us a glass of wine on the house! It is also a wonderful place for vegetarians/vegans as they have many interesting and tasty options. My favorite is the bolognese, made with the Impossible burger as the meat. Mmm make a reservation and go!
  2. k

    kevinb

    Columbus

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I make Ornella a regular stop every time I travel to NYC. They never disappoint. The service is always friendly and the selections are many and varied and I have never had a bad meal. This time was no different. the meal was exceptional!!!!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a wonderful experience. The atmosphere was nice and calm. The food was delicious and the customer service was great. Initially, they ran out of candles for my wife’s birthday surprise but after waiting for awhile they made her night when they surprised all of us with a single candle. It was well worth it. Thank you again!
  4. DS

    DebraS

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    It was very tight seating. Large menu with many classics but both the veal and steak were tough. Caesar salad and baked clams were excellent. Large glass of house wine was also excellent. Service was friendly - they did not rush us. I would try again, could have been just an off night.
  5. MP

    MaryP

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a delightful meal Saturday night. Cocktails were ordered Birra Peroni and a Prosecco. We had the burrata salad to start. The cheese was so creamy and delicious paired with the greens was a nice combination. Our meals were the Gnocci. Rich and creamy pillows of potato. The Castagna noodles with pistachio sauce was like nothing I have ever had before. Outstanding. Dessert we split a chocolate mouse cake with a house made cordial to drink. A perfect ending to a nice night v
  6. JS

    JustinS

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great place for a first date. Good food and the owner gave us complimentary cello shots.
  7. TM

    TiMa

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had picked this place for my sisters 15yr anniversary and I wasn’t disappointed! Good wine selection, duck meat balls are amazing, risotto di mare was so delicious and pretty big plate, my husband ordered the chestnut pasta which is so unique and very tasty, just an overall wonderful experience. Staff was knowledgeable and friendly, the owner was too. Loved the ambiance because it wasn’t too dark inside but very cozy and romantic enough for the occasion. And prices were so reasonable! You would be triple in Manhattan and getting far less on your plate! So happy I chose to go there! My sister and her husband found a new date spot!
  8. RB

    RachelB

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Apparently this menu is not up to date. I booked a reservation for brunch on a Sunday, since they have a brunch menu posted on opentable but once there was told they have not served brunch in 5 years.
  9. ML

    MissLee

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2019

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    We were the only people in the restaurant but our experience was bad from start to end. The bread was burnt ( how rude to serve burnt bread) soup was salty but ok, the mozarella and mushroom swam in oil. We received our main dish and basically left the place after 5 minutes, the risotto was salty it wasn't edible. Overall we will not return.
  10. d

    deborahn

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating my daughters birthday - it was perfect. The food, the service and the overall vibe. This is a great find!
  11. BT

    BT2504

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful local treasure. Homemade Italian cuisine, a comprehensive menu reminiscent of meals I’ve had in Italy. Great for intimate dates, or family occasions. They take care of you
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dinner celebrating my in-laws 40th anniversary!
  13. GF

    GoodFood

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Likely some of the best and most authentic Italian food I've had in New York and definitely in Astoria. Service is hit or miss sometimes but the food always makes up for it!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was recommended to come here by a coworker. Amazing food
  15. P

    Pepino

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2018

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    There was no one in the restaurant when we arrived but we did not receive out food until one hour later. One of the dishes was cold.
  16. C

    Crystal

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a party of six. Every one of us enjoyed our meal. Staff friendly and very personable. Will return.
  17. JS

    JackS

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a nice restaurant. Family run and it shows from the moment you are greeted at the front door till the moment they all say thank you and goodbye as you leave. All of our party of five loved their meal and appetizers. I had the Steak Pizzaiola and it was so good, perfect in every way. With all our dinning choices in Astoria we picked the right place.
  18. LS

    LindaS

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, wonderful service, great all around restaurant
  19. m

    mamakin

    New York Area

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Small, friendly place in the heart of Astoria. Some of the best Italian food I've had anywhere, including Italy. Prices are reasonable, portions are generous. Service was excellent, attentive and polite. Will definitely be going back. Only issue is that parking is difficult, but the subway station is right on the corner.
  20. NY

    NYCouple

    New York Area

    108 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our meal at Ornella Trattoria was fantastic. They have a regular menu with a very large number of choices plus an entire extra page of specials. The Risotto Carbonara from the special menu was particularly good, as was the Pappardelle with Pork. The bread was also particularly good along with the delicious olive oil to dip it in!
  21. VF

    ValentinaF

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    I felt we were back in Italy
  22. K

    Kendogg

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  23. TW

    TeriW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service! Looking forward to coming back on every New York trip!
  24. T

    Tati

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  25. E

    Estelle

    New York Area

    233 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    233 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always everything was wonderful. Staff is terrific ! Love this place.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    THE BEST, as always. Our tippy top favorite spot!
  27. G

    Golfgirl

    Sacramento

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    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.
  28. RA

    RADNYC

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I like this little Italian Restaurant in Astoria for it's unique menu options. I have dined here many times and was always satisfied with the great food. Its also a great place for Vegans. I was planning to have dinner with a new co worker who is Vegan. She wanted to try a restaurant in Astoria and this was the first place that I thought of. Needless to say, she fell in love with their menu and of course the food.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  30. p

    pauliethom

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  31. k

    karla

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2018

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    Not all its made out to be. Not worth it. Expected way better food, or at least decent food.
  32. S

    Suzicakes

    New York Area

    439 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    439 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    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!!!
  33. r

    ryckilee

    Miami

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    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.
  34. B

    Benny

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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 !
  35. PV

    PVAstoria

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2018

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    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.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent service was excellent go back in a minute
  37. AG

    AG17

    New York Area

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service. I will come back.
  38. HP

    HelenP

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great meal as always. Did have to wait a few minutes for a table. But my overall experience was great !!
  39. NY

    NYCTravelGuys

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    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!
  40. M

    Mountpp

    New York Area

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A real neighborhood gem. Great food, great service and reasonable prices. Perfect combination.

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Ornella Trattoria Italiana offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (718) 777-9477.

Ornella Trattoria Italiana is rated 4.3 stars by 271 OpenTable diners.

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Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    31st Street and 29th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Astoria

  • 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

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    N and W train on ditmars last stop.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Guiseppe Viterale

  • Additional

    Beer, Gluten-free Options, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (718) 777-9477

  • Catering

    We cater for large groups, please call us for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Ornella is the jewel in the crown of Astoria fine dining. We are available to meet all of your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Giuseppe Viterale: (844) 226-8096

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