if you’re looking for a real deal, old school italian experience, bamonte’s is your spot. this place has literally been around since 1900, how impressive is that? we tried to sneak in without a reservation a few weeks ago and on a bustling saturday night were told the wait would be about 45 minutes. lucky for us, the sunday before memorial day was a little slower and we got a 7:30 table.
the first thing that struck me was the sheer number of items on the menu. from appetizers to pastas, chicken, veal, seafood and steaks, there’s there’s something to appease everyone. we opted to start with an order of the meatballs and then we went right into our entrees. i ordered the penne in vodka sauce; it was a nice little surprise when i realized it was laced full of little bits of pancetta. jack did the penne with broccoli rabe and sausage and my dad ordered the veal cacciatore. last but not least, mom’s baked ziti was served with that burnt cheesy top that personifies a good ziti.
you’ll find the guys at the bar all know each other and i’m sure they’ve been frequenting bamonte’s for longer than most of us have lived in the neighborhood. the service is great whether you’re a newbie or a regular though. i can say the pastas were delicious and i saw quite a few orders of clams come out of the kitchen so i’m assuming those are a staple as well. go hungry, soak in the vibe and be sure to check out the celebrity pics on your way out~