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Posted by Anonymous on 04/29/2009
I love this place. You feel like you've been transported back in time the moment you step into the restaurant. And everyone there has that old time class. You feel welcome, like family. I can't tell you the last time I felt so at home at a restaurant. The service is first rate. No pretension here. The food is classic, old school delicious. Wonderful all around. No wonder they chose it for several episodes of The Sopranos.
Posted by Whatsforlunch on 12/17/2008
I get sick everytime someone says that Bamonte's is "authentic Italian cuisine". Take it from a real 100% Italian/Sicilian with off-the-boat parents Bamonte's is Americanized "Italian" sludge. The pasta is gummy, overcooked and drowned in canned tomato sauce, none of the ingredients are fresh or bright, the bread basket is filled with loaf-shaped Wonder Bread and the decor is as depressing as Grandpa's basement. Italian food is all about fresh and light. Think Mario Batali....not Joey Tribbiani.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/11/2008
The waiters were full of personality, and the food was amazing just like a homecooked meal from your grandmother. My family enjoyed it as well, though my father's only complaint was that he didn't get noodles with his veal but the family style sides were really enjoyed! Wine was inexpensive enough to get a few bottles, and we all enjoyed free sambuca with our coffees. If you're an Italian-American from the northeast, Bamonte's is pure nastalga.
Posted by Lucy on 06/02/2008
This is such a fun place to dine- waiters in tuxedos, old-school Italian charm- however, I've given this place a shot 3 times (once with my true-blue Italian in-laws) and have been horribly dissapointed with the food every time. I hate to say it, but this place is not good at all. The food is over priced and tastes like it was prepared by a 19 year old college student.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/26/2008
I'm glad I've been here for the old-school Italian neighborhood experience. The service and atmosphere are excellent. The food - it's good, but not worth the cost.
Posted by Jimmy's Grandson on 01/09/2008
I've been coming here for a looong time - my grandfather grew up in this 'hood and the staff still remembers him. Simply put, they don't design dining rooms nor can you find meals like this around anymore. The scene at the bar and dining room is borderline comical when it comes to people watching - you'd think you really were in the middle of a scene of Bronx Tale, Sopranos, Goodfellas, etc. and would have to check your jacket for bullet holes upon leaving. It's nice/comforting to know that tradition has remained alive and kicking all these years. The waiters there are lifelong pros who've been there for 20, 30, even 40 years. And to all the critics - if you're unhappy feel free to cross the Williamsburg Br and head to one of Batali's trendy, overpriced joints or some other "Neo/Eclectic- Infused" Italian restaurant in SoHo or Midtown. 'Nuff said.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/29/2007
Went to Bamontes for the first time, lived in Brooklyn entire life..food was really food, had eggplant rollatino which was excellent, chicken rollatini was also excellent, food comes out piping hot. Had an old time waiter who wasn't that great, waited about 10 minutes to order until the hostess saw we were ready to order and then she took our order. Atmosphere is cool, very old school italian, little on the pricey side but was worth it and I would go back