Opportunity gnocchin’: Alternatives to Fiorentino’s

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Gravesend eatery Fiorentino’s closed its doors after more than 30 years feeding locals last weekend, but there are still plenty of places to get your Focaccia fix. We asked regulars who stopped by Fiorentino’s last supper to tell us their new go-to Italian joints and cooked up a list of the top spots.

Joe’s of Avenue U

Gravesenders know this neighborhood institution for Sicilian comfort food such as rice balls, panelle sandwiches, and unbeatable pizza, according to locals. Plus its right across the street from Fiorentino’s.

[287 Avenue U at Lake Street in Gravesend, (718) 449–9285]. $4–$18.

La Palina

Gourmands hail this Bensonhurst bistro for its baked clams, broccoli rabe, and potato croquettes — all served by friendly servers, locals say.

[159 Avenue O at W. 5th St. in Bensonhurst, (718) 236–9764]. $10–$28.

Mama Rao’s

Locals love this upscale Dyker Heights eatery for its family-style meals and impeccable service.

[6408 11th Avenue at 64th St. in Dyker Heights, (718) 745–2269] $6–$42.

L&B Spumoni Gardens

Hungry ‘Hursters know this Bensonhurst eatery — or is it in Gravesend? — because you can get its world-famous Sicilian slice for the price of a subway ride or drop a few bills and enjoy an unbeatable four-course, family-style dinner.

[2785 86th St. at Lake Place in Bensonhurst, (718) 449–1230] $2.50–$39.95.

Gargiulo’s Restaurant

This Coney Island gem survived the Bad Old Days and a monster hurricane, and it just keep coming back for seconds! It’s most notable for its family-style pre-fixe meals and wide selection of pastas and veal, locals said.

[2911 W 15th Street at Mermaid Avenue in Coney Island, (718) 449–1230]. $7.50–$35.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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