I understand the Italian connection to Rome New York, being Italian myself (my Dad was here) but never ate here before this recent visit. I was blown away by the food at Vigneto's. Every morsel tasted like it came straight out of a Staten Island kitchen. The menu items were very traditional. Started with a roasted red pepper & cheese "bruschetta" (which it wasn't called as we never even heard that word growing up)...but the toaster Italian bread it came with was heavenly. Also had the escarole (called Italian greens on menu), which you could have mild, medium or hot - perfectly made. The chicken parm, big enough for two, was the best I've ever had. Tasty, tender meat, but with crispy breading! The marinara fresh & sweet, the spaghetti closer to angel hair was delicious. All inexpensive. The most expensive bottle of wine wasn't $30, but it good. Still the food was good enough to stand up with the best wine. The atmosphere is not "fine"...the room a little lacking decor & warmth...local family bar in front...but don't let the casual tone fool you, the food is WONDERFUL!!
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