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Il Poeta Ristorante Italiano

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
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Updated 20-09-13 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20-09-13 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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US$17 - US$35
Italian, Northern-Italian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed February 13, 2020

Good authentic Italian. The best restaurant since the great Tazzina closed its doors. Hugely popular for good reason.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 12, 2020 via mobile

We’ve eaten at Il Poeta a few times and it never disappoints. Excellent Italian food with superb service.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed December 31, 2019

We often go to this small intimate neighborhood restaurant. Always enjoyed the food and the service. I understand the owner is from Venice so they tend to have a Northern Italian menu, polenta which I love etc. My entire family rave about this place too.

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 11, 2019

Not your Sicilian grandmother's Red Sauce restaurant, but true gourmet cooking. By far the best Forest Hills neighborhood Italian restaurant, second only to Queens Michelin Starred L’Incontro.

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed December 9, 2019

Every Christmas and Mother's Day, wife and I visit the graves of relatives at Calvary I, Calvary II, St. Michael's and St. John's. This time, based on TripAdvisor reviews, we visited Il Poeta after St. John's and were extremely pleased. On street parking is free...and convenient. Ambiance is excellent. Service was great, always available but never rushed. Food was superb, starting with something as simple as the bread and lentils with garlic in olive oil, followed by fried calamari [with red and with tartar sauce], veal bosciola for me, chicken spezzatina for wife, shared tort with ice cream dessert and two excellent hot espressos. And the price was quite reasonable, especially considering the bottle of Prosecco we had with the meal. Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed November 8, 2019

The food served here is just delicious, scrumptious, the service is really good as well, you get your money’s worth and is a family ambience! Highly recommended if you want to eat gourmet food at an affordable price.

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 6, 2019

Food was very well prepared, we had friendly and attentive wait staff. Very nice room made you feel very comforable. Will come back again

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 8, 2019

Went for dinner with family and friends. Hector was our assigned waiter. In a word Excellent. Clean and warm family feel to a small, intimate space. Excellent wine selection. Great appetizers served piping hot. Main course selections were ample with added specials to round out...your choices. Recommend you try the lentil soup, baked calms, any pasta dish. Tried salmon. Cooked well. Spinach was limp with no real taste.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed September 14, 2019 via mobile

If you are a pasta lover try Il Poeta. A bit out of the way on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills. Friendly service. Prices are a bit high but the handmade pasta is delicious.

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed July 21, 2019

Great find. Intimate setting with great food. The menu is both standard and creative. Very reasonable prices, especially on the wine list with many interesting choices. I can't waitto return!

Date of visit: July 2019
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Yes, Il Poeta Ristorante Italiano offers takeaway services.

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Il Poeta Ristorante Italiano is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5